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A Dutch study found that living in a green environment was positively related to the health of residents. The effect was somewhat stronger for less-educated residents, suggesting that this group is more sensitive to local physical environmental characteristics. The relationship between greenspace and fewer self-reported symptoms was also stronger for housewives and the elderly, two groups assumed to spend more time in the vicinity of their homes.

De Vries, Sjerp, Robert A. Verheij, Peter P. Groenewegen, and Peter Spreeuwenberg. (2003). Natural Environments - Healthy Environments? An Exploratory Analysis of the Relationship Between Greenspace and Health.  Environment and Planning. A 35(10), 1717-1731.

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Health & well-being, Aging, Green communities

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