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ZIP Code software used to collate health data

Rachel Wheeler Archive
Health data from Minneapolis and St Paul in Minnesota has been collected and collated using ZIP Code software.

Address data and ZIP Code details can help health experts predict life expectancy for residents, owing to a range of broad social factors that impact on standards of living in different neighborhoods, reports Minnesota Public Radio.

Factors such as local pollution levels, the quality of residential housing and crime levels in a given area, as well as the degree of access people in different neighborhoods have to full grocery stores, can be grouped together using ZIP Code data and result in broad trends.

Craig Helmstetter, from Wilder Research in St Paul, told the news service: "Places like Minnetonka, like Eden Prairie, like Edina have lower rates of mortality, longer life expectancies than places like North Minneapolis, the Phillips neighborhood, Frogtown here in St. Paul."

Address verification is to be adopted by the Food Bank of Western New York to make sure people only receive their fair share of food being delivered to poorer families in certain ZIP Codes, report the Post-Journal.