New Yorkers Living Longer Than Most of Us
City's life expectancy now 2 years above national average
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2011 8:38 AM CST
"Today, newborn New Yorkers can expect to live longer, healthier lives than ever before," Bloomberg said.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A Big Apple a day might help keep the Grim Reaper away: Newborn New Yorkers can now expect to live a lot longer than the average American, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says. At 80.6, the city's life expectancy—which was long well below the national average—is up almost three years from 2000 rates and is more than two years above the national rate of 78.2 years. When compared to states, New York City's life expectancy is now lower than only those of Hawaii and Minnesota.

"If you have friends and relatives that you deeply care about and they live elsewhere, on average if they move to New York City, they will live longer," said Bloomberg, who has campaigned against smoking, obesity, and salt. Despite Bloomberg's efforts, health officials say the biggest factor in the city's rising life expectancy is improved HIV testing and treatment, the New York Times notes. The HIV mortality rate was down a whopping 51.9% last year over 2002.

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Dec 28, 2011 9:17 PM CST
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KyleBoiler
Dec 28, 2011 8:27 PM CST
Not on 9/11/01..also since they passed gay marriage. AIDs will increase
finkster
Dec 28, 2011 2:04 PM CST
"New Yorkers Living Longer Than Most of Us" Which proves the old adage..."Only the good die young"...:)