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.


More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Comments [1]

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

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.


Latest Newscast




WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public


Supported by