New Yorkers Now Have Longer Life Expectancy Than Ever, Mayor Announces


Back in September we noted that Mayor Bloomberg announced that the amount of New Yorker smokers was down to 14 percent. But then, we wondered what might be the next killer of our population. Could it be “getting old and dying?” Well, rest easy, because Mayor Bloomberg announced today that New Yorkers are doing well in the living long department. Not only are they are staying alive for longer than ever before, they are also beating the rest of the country in doing so.

“If you want to live longer and healthier than the average American, then come to New York City,” Bloomberg said. Sounds like he’s got his newest ad campaign all written for him.

Here are some of the encouraging statistics:

  • Babies born in the city in 2009 are living nearly three years longer than babies born in 2000. They have a life expectancy of 80.6 years. The national rate was most recently reported at 78.2 years.
  • Between 2000 and 2009 life expectancy for 40-year-old New Yorkers went up 2.5 years. In the nation overall, people at that age were only living 1.2 years longer.
  • Finally, in that time frame, life expectancy for 70-year-olds in New York went up 1.5 years, .8 years above the nation’s increase.

Deaths from HIV infection, heart disease and cancer are all down from 2002. The rate of HIV deaths has decreased by 11.3 since 2009. The announcement attributes the improvements in part to the city actions, including its anti-smoking measures.

While we’re on the subject of smoking, the Health Department also announced today that it is starting a new television campaign warning against what it calls “light” smoking. The ads target the “I only smoke when I…” mentality.

So, New Yorkers, what do you plan on doing with your longer life expectancies? We don’t know exactly what our plans are yet, but we know we sure aren’t leaving the city.