Manhattan Life Expectancy Has Increased More Than Any Other County In US [REPORT]

By Philip Ross on July 19, 2013 5:16 PM EDT

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Manhattan’s life expectancy has increased to 80.9 years for children born in the city in 2010, exceeding the national average of 78.7 years. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Manhattan's life expectancy has increased dramatically since 1985. In fact, the 13-year average increase in age for men and eight-year average increase for women represent the most of any county in the U.S., The New York Times reports.

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"New Yorkers today are living longer and healthier than ever before, and substantially longer than people in the rest of the country, in part because of public health initiatives to combat H.I.V. infection, heart disease, cancer, smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity" Dr. Thomas Farley, the city's health commissioner, told the New York Times. "We intend to continue these public health efforts, with a particular focus on the city's twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes."

Researchers from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation analyzed health statistics and census data. They found that life expectancy for babies born in 2010 jumped to 80.9 years - beating out the national life expectancy of 78.7 years.

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