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The Atlantic Cities has collected the census numbers from the most recent America Community Survey, paired with findings of a thorough report on the intersection of poverty, segregation, and life expectancy. The result: a neat and tidy set of maps showing Chicago's extreme polarizations, each more distressing than the one before it. And here's the doozy: people living in neighborhoods with a median income higher than $53,000 live, on average, 14 years longer than people in areas with a median income below $25,000. And not surprisingly, these figures cleave neatly to minority concentrations. The darker spots on the map at right represent parts of town where life expectancy is below 70. Is segregation improving? It looks that way, but let's not forget the mess we've still got on our hands. [Atlantic Cities]