Life Expectancy Up for New Yorkers: Bloomberg

Babies born in the city in 2009 have a record-high life expectancy of 80.6 years.

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011  |  Updated 2:36 PM EDT
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New Yorkers are living longer than ever.      

The mayor detailed new health stats on Tuesday showing babies born in the city in 2009 have a record-high life expectancy of 80.6 years.

That's an increase of 3 years since 2000 and 2 years better than the most recently reported national average.      

Bloomberg and health care officials announced the figures in a maternity ward at a Bronx hospital.

They said anti-smoking initiatives and HIV prevention programs are helping city residents live longer.      

The officials said drug-related deaths and the infant mortality rate also have fallen.

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