Latin America

Life expectancy another marker of urban inequality in Latin America

A recent study shows the vast life expectancy differences between Latin American cities, showing massive disparities between nations and even within the same countries

Life expectancy another marker of urban inequality
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More than 55 percent of the global population lives in urban areas, and this is set to rise to 70 percent by 2050. Even traditionally rural areas in Asia and Africa are quickly urbanizing. And this exodus from the fields to the cities has caused a variety of problems, notably inequality — of which Latin America is a world leader. 

From the Rio Grande to Cape Horn, cities are increasingly swollen and growing in an unplanned fashion. One of the biggest knock-on effects of this is an increase in murders among young men. The larger the Latin American city,...

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