KCMO Life Expectancy by Zip Code Map

Life expectancy at birth (life expectancy) is the average number of years a person may expect to live. It reflects the overall health of a population, and summarizes mortality across all age groups – children & adolescents, adults and the elderly. In Kansas City, Missouri, the life expectancy varies by as much as 13 years, depending in which zip code a resident lives. According to 2010-2014 estimates, there are six zip codes with the lowest life expectancy (70-72 years), all of which fall along the Troost corridor. Additionally, there are seven zip codes that have seen the smallest increase in life expectancy over the last 10 years. These zip codes, along with those with the lowest life expectancy, are a focus for the city to improve all aspects of life – from housing to neighborhood infrastructure to health. 

How does zip code impact your life expectancy?

Where you live can have a huge effect on how long you live.  This concept is best described in the video produced by the California Endowment for the Health Happens Here initiative.  

What Strategies is Kansas City Using to Address Health Outcomes?

The Council Goal for a Healthy Community is: To support the development, maintenance, and revitalization of sustainable, stable, and healthy communities in which neighborhoods are safe and well maintained; people have access to health care services; strategies are in place to prevent injuries and illnesses; and the environment is protected.

Below are the objectives from the current Citywide Business Plan that outline the specific strategies that the city is pursuing that relate to encouraging a Healthy Community. These objectives provide insight into the departments that are involved and the actions that are being taken.

Most Common Causes of Death

The five most common causes of death in the Kansas City area are shown in the chart below. Cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death within the community. Homicides are shown on this chart only for comparative purposes. Homicide is not among the top five causes of death in Kansas City. Chronic illnesses, many of which are preventable, are actually the leading threats to public health and safety in our community.

How can we measure Progress on Improving Health Outcomes?

Life expectancy and common causes of death are high level measures that are difficult to change over time. However, there are other ways to measure progress on the health of our community in more frequent increments.  Metrics around disease detection and prevention tell Kansas City Missouri Health Department officials how well the community is managing and reporting infectious diseases.  

Detecting and Mitigating Health Hazards

The Kansas City Health Department’s mission is to promote, preserve and protect the health of Kansas City residents and their visitors and to prevent illness.  One of the ways in which they do this is by tracking diseases in the community, serving those already suffering from infectious diseases and providing immunization against diseases to many of our most vulnerable residents.  
Deaths due to infectious diseases over time

Timeliness of Infectious disease reporting


Infectious disease investigations