Where you are born shouldn’t affect how long you live. Unfortunately, in Kansas City and throughout the United States, it does. A few miles, a bridge over a river, the other side of train tracks, or even political boundaries — these lines can be the difference between life and death. After analyzing yearly death data, statisticians at the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department found a staggering 13-year gap between the lowest and highest life expectancy zip codes in Kansas City. They also found that many zip codes in the City are experiencing a decreasing life expectancy.