Thanks to the Times article about NYC death statistics, Gothamist wasted a few hours reading the Summary of Vital Statistics for 2002 (PDF), released yesterday by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Besides the fact that NYC death has been on the decline (thanks to better health, lower infant mortality, the NYPD, etc.) the Times noted a few interesting features:
• People in Manhattan were more likely than those in the other boroughs to take their own lives, but less likely to die of diabetes.

• Men were more likely than women to be run over while crossing the street, and elderly pedestrians were much more likely to be killed than younger ones.

• New Yorkers were living longer than other Americans

The report's cover had an interesting graph of deaths in the city (top; click to enlarge), which also shows statistics with and without the WTC-related deaths.