New Yorkers live longer than the rest of the country: City study
Maybe it's something in the water, but somehow New Yorkers are living longer the rest of the U.S.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled new data Tuesday on the city's health, which shows Big Apple babies born from 2010 on will live an average of two years longer than their national counterparts.
The mayor touted his health initiatives during his tenure, including the smoking ban, as the leading factor for this trend.
"Our willingness to invest in health care and bold interventions is paying off in improved health outcomes, decreased infant mortality and increased life expectancy," Bloomberg said in a statement.
The average life expectancy at birth in the city is 80.9 years, while the national average is 78.7. The age has increased by three years since 2001 in New York, according to the study by the city's Department of Health.
The mayor also noted that the infant mortality rate was 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births last year. That was a 23% decrease from 2001, when the rate was about six deaths per 1,000 live births, which is the national average.