07/17/2013 09:17 am ET

Latinos Outlive Whites By Four Years In The U.S.


Latinos outlive non-Hispanic whites in the United States by four years on average, and the disparity is even more striking in some states, according to a new report from Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council.

In the Washington, D.C. metro area, for example, a Latino baby born today can expect to outlive a non-Hispanic white baby born on the same day by eight years. (That same baby will outlive an African-American baby by an incredible 13 years.)

Latinos live longer despite being less likely to have health insurance than whites, facing higher barriers in access to medical care, and experiencing higher poverty rates – a contradiction that has led researchers to dub it the "Hispanic mortality paradox."

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