Life Expectancy in Latin American Cities: Between German Longevity and War Zone Mortality

Violence is one of the most brutally unequal death causes on the continent. Cities like Acapulco in Mexico and Porto Seguro (Brazil) stand out, with percentages similar to Iraq.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A study published in Nature Medicine uncovers differences of over a decade in life expectancy when comparing mortality in 363 locations across nine countries for the first time.

The Mexican paradise beach resort of Acapulco, the pearl of the Pacific, is a much desired tourist destination for its miles of sandstrips. However, beyond the hotels, the situation does not resemble paradise: 19% of deaths in the city are due to the violence that terrorizes its streets, one of the highest percentages in Latin America.

The life expectancy of a man born in Acapulco is only 63 . . .

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