A Tale of Two Zip Codes

A Tale of Two Zip Codes

Did you know that your zip code matters more than your genetic code when it comes to determining how long you’ll live? This animated short film, created by Black Math for Building Healthy Communities (BHC) takes us on a fascinating journey to find out just how important our zip code is when it comes to life expectancy and bring to light an important fact: those who live in more affluent communities will live an average of 15 years longer than their neighbors in disadvantaged communities. What separates them is more than distance.


Where you live shouldn’t determine how long you live, but it does. Differences across neighborhoods were manmade and can be unmade, but it will take all of us. Building Healthy Communities (BHC) is a 10 year, $1 billion comprehensive community initiative launched by The California Endowment in 2010 to advance statewide policy, change the narrative, and transform 14 of California’s communities most devastated by health inequities into places where all people have an opportunity to thrive. Black Math is a creative partner with a mission to design, develop, illustrate, code, write, shoot, create, build, compose, edit and animate stuff that serves their clients’ needs and makes them feel cool.


  1. Does George Takai narrate this?

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