A Longevity Puzzle: Why Do Poor Costa Ricans Outlive Poor Americans?

In the U.S., income and health go hand-in-hand. That's not the case everywhere.

Workers graft cacao plants in the province of Limon about 230km southeast of San Jose.

Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Does being poor mean being less healthy? In the United States, the answer is generally yes: Income and health are intertwined, and the richer you are, the healthier you’re likely to be.

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