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Life Expectancy in City Hits Record: 80.9 Years

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The average life in the nation's biggest city may be hectic, but it's long.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy has hit a record high: 80.9 years for a baby born in the city in 2010. The national average is 78.7 years.

The city's life expectancy number has grown by three years since 2001, nearly twice the nationwide rise.

Bloomberg credits factors including anti-smoking efforts, expanded HIV testing and anti-obesity programs. Those include requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus.

Meanwhile, the city's infant mortality rate hit an all-time low of 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births last year. It has decreased 23 percent since 2001.

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Jax from Newark

NYC is healthy if you make 6-figures and can live in a safe neighborhood that is not a Superfund site, and have access to stores with healthy food, and close to quality health facilities.

Dec. 11 2012 06:30 PM

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