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How Healthy Is The Neighborhood You're Living In? This Website Helps You Find Out

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Your health could depend a lot on where you live -- at least in Los Angeles County.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health released Wednesday health profiles of almost every city and neighborhood, revealing some eye-catching disparities.

For example, in Walnut, average life expectancy is almost 88 years. But in Lancaster, it's just under 76.

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"The reports highlight the power of place as a determinant of health and the many opportunities to improve the health of our residents, particularly in communities that have been disadvantaged by longstanding patterns of neglect, disinvestment, and discriminatory policies and practices," Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.

Each community profile drills down on 58 indicators. Some are health-specific categories, like rates of heart and lung disease and sexually transmitted infections, as well as tobacco and alcohol use.

The profiles also look at other factors, such as crime rates, food access and education levels.

Some interesting snapshots:

  • 41 percent of people living in parts of South L.A. along the 110 Freeway spend at least half their income on rent. In Manhattan Beach, the number is only 13 percent.

  • Nearly 80 percent of people over 18 who live in Beverly Hills said they get the social and emotional support they need. In San Gabriel, only 31 percent said yes.

You can look up your community's health profile here.

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