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A chart showing that the mortality gap between the richest people and the poorest people is growing. This chart is based on results from one of the data visualization tools Magali Barbieri created for the SOA. (Credit: Magali Barbieri)

A demographer with the University of California-Berkeley says the gap between the life expectancy of the U.S. residents in the top socioeconomic status category and U.S. residents in the lowest category grew sharply between 1999 and 2018.

In 1999, for example, a baby girl born into a family in the top 10% of the population in terms of socioeconomic status could expect to live to age 81.3 years, or 3.4 years longer than a baby girl born into the bottom decile.

Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.

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