How life expectancy relates to your income

(CNN) – A new study is looking at the connection to how much money you make to how long you can expect to live.

According to research published in the journal of the American Medical Association, top earning Americans gained two to three years of life expectancy in the years between 2001 and 2014.

That means they’re now living more than a decade longer than those at the bottom of the scale, who gained little or no additional life expectancy.

The study was authored by economists from several universities in conjunction with the U.S. treasury.

Researchers compared anonymous IRS tax documents to social security administration death records.

Also worth noting lower income people in certain areas are faring better than others.

The study found poorer residents in places like Oklahoma or rust belt cities like Gary, Indiana, are living shorter lives than those in big cities with more educated populations and higher levels of government assistance.

The report’s authors say the areas with shorter life expectancy typically see more health problems like lack of exercise, smoking and obesity.

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