Does a Lower Income Mean a Shorter Life?

Americans with lower incomes are less likely to live into their 70s and 80s than Americans with comparatively higher incomes, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this week. GAO researchers found average life expectancy in the United States increased from 1992 to 2014, but it “has not increased uniformly across all income groups, and people who have lower incomes tend to have shorter lives than those with higher incomes.” (Source: Washington Post, 9/9)