New Yorkers are living longer
By Aline Reynolds
Theres lots of bad news in the city lately: fare hikes, tax hikes, messy weather. But at least there's something to feel happy about.
Mayor Bloomberg and Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said that life expectancy has risen by a year and three months since 2001, giving New Yorkers a life-expectancy of 79 years old.
And last year, the death toll citywide dropped to a record-low of 6.5 deaths per 1,000 people; the number of overall deaths, meanwhile, have dropped from 60,218 in 2001 to 54,073 in 2007.The number of births in the city, meanwhile, rose to 128,961 last year, compared to the 2006 total of 125,506.
Bloomberg said the the positive statistics is due to confronting the leading causes of preventable death through aggressive anti-tobacco measures, and innovative cancer screening programs.
Photo: Mayor Bloomberg (AP)