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Neighborhood green space and health in a large urban center

Having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.

Kardan,O.; Gozdyra, P.; Misic,B. et al

Scientific Reports, 5, 11610, July 2015

Results suggest that people who live in areas with higher street tree density report better health perception and fewer cardio-metabolic conditions compared with their peers living in areas with lower street tree density. The study also finds that the “health” associations with tree density were not found for tree density in areas other than beside the streets and along local roads.