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Report: St. Louis' poorest residents live almost 20 years less

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By Elizabeth Eisele By Elizabeth Eisele

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The unrest following the shooting of Michael Brown is shining more light on a long simmering racial divide in the St. Louis region. And a new report offers a look at how great and costly the divide is.

The report, presented by East-West Gateway Council of Governments, shows that African-Americans in the St. Louis area have a much higher rate of infant death, unemployment and poverty.

The report also states that some of the poorest residents, nearly all African-American neighborhoods in north St. Louis, live 18 years less than residents in Clayton, a mostly white, wealthy suburb just 10 miles away. It also says the poverty rate for black people is more than triple white’s.

Recommendations were made in the report, which include a much deeper investment in childhood development and coordinated school health programs, while more money should be invested in a comprehensive mental health program.

For more information on the report, click here.

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