As if it weren't hard enough to get a seat on the subway, Mayor Bloomberg announced today that New Yorkers' life expectancy average is continuing to rise: it's now at a record high of 80.9 years. The Health Department's annual report of births and deaths in New York City showed that babies born in 2010 will likely live to an average ripe old age of about 81, a three year increase over the past decade.
Infant mortality rates have also decreased in the past decade, seeing a 23 percent drop in deaths per live births since 2000 (though, notably, whether this was coupled with a 40 percent increase in babies at bars was not addressed).
The mayor credited a lot of this long-living and non-baby-dying to recent health initiatives like the smoking and soda bans, as well as augmented programs offering HIV testing and treatment. "Our willingness to invest in health care and bold interventions is paying off in improved health outcomes, decreased infant mortality and increased life expectancy,” he said today. The report also noted that African-Americans saw the greatest increase in life expectancy, while non-Hispanic whites had the greatest drop in infant mortality.
And not only are New Yorkers living forever and ever, they're also outliving everybody else. The average life expectancy for someone born in the city is 2.2 years longer than the average life expectancy for the rest of the country, so we can all look forward to a future overpopulated with feisty old folks reminiscing about their short-lived days of glory as the FourSquare Mayor of the Meatball Shop while soaking their Botoxed skin in the East River's Fountain of Youth.