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Health Effects of Urban Sprawl

by David Sturtz

A new study links sprawl to certain chronic health problems. The study, is in the October issue of Public Health.

From the abstract:

An increase in sprawl from one standard deviation less to one standard deviation more than average implies 96 more chronic medical problems per 1000 residents, which is approximately similar to an aging of the population of 4 years.

Also interesting, having a high school diploma instead of a college degree increases the problems per 1000 by 319.

[R. Sturm and D. A. Cohen, Suburban sprawl and physical and mental health, Public Health, Volume 118, Issue 7, October 2004, Pages 488-496.]

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