Zip Codes How do zip codes determine our health?

Health status and quality of life are not uniform across the populations. Socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability and life cycle are some of the social factors determining one’s health. In addition to the above social determinants of health, geographic location of where people live plays a vital role on an individual’s ability to achieve good health. Differences in zip codes reveal disparities in access to opportunities, amenities and services, such as quality housing, schools, parks, sidewalks and health care.

Studies show that zip codes, characterized by the form and structure of the built environments, often are a good predictor of how long one may live, the personal health outcome, the quality of education received, career opportunities and the likelihood of going to prison or being homeless.