Science Café Cleveland presents


"Why do Ohioans live longer than West

Virginians but shorter than Minnesotans?"


JUNE 9, 2014


FEATURING: Jennifer Karas Montez

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University




How long we live is heavily influenced by where we live. Within the United States, life expectancy ranges from 81 years in Hawaii to just 75 years in Mississippi. Is this difference large in the scheme of things? Yes. The range in life expectancy across U.S. States exceeds the range between comparable high-income countries.


Why does life expectancy differ so much between U.S. states? Does it reflect differences between states in their populations? For example, Mississippians are more likely to be low-educated and poorer than are Hawaiians. Or does it reflect differences between states in their political economies? For example, compared to Hawaii, Mississippi spends less on public education, ranks lower on its Medicaid program, and imposes fewer taxes on cigarettes.


This cafe will discuss why populations in some U.S. states live longer than others. It will focus on women and illustrate how states have unique and stronger consequences for women's than men's life expectancy.



"These 9 Maps Should Absolutely Outrage Southerners" Huff Post Business, May 12, 2014

Lifespan Calculator, Northwestern Mutual

USA Life Expectancy - Life Expectancy All Races,

"Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap" The New York Times, Business Day, March 15, 2014

Place Matters, Center on Society and Health, Virginia Commonwealth University



"Eight Americas: Investigating Mortality Disparities across Races, Counties, and Race-Counties in the United States" PLOS Medicine, September 12, 2006 (

"Why s life expectancy longer for women than it is for men?" Scientific American, August 30, 2004






The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

2701 Carroll Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



June 9, 2014

Doors open 5:30 - 9:30 PM (Limited menu available for purchase before and during the event. Not to mention beer! Last call is at 8:45 PM) Discussion starts around 7:00 p.m.


*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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