Life expectancy in NYC increases to 80.6 years

June 19, 2012 1:22:59 PM PDT
If you live in New York chances are you are going to live longer.

A new study claims life expectancy in the city has skyrocketed to 80.6 years old.

The life expectancy in Manhattan has gone up by 10 years since 1987 which is the biggest increase in the nation.

The researchers say it's partly because of the drop in the city's murder rate and new medications to fight HIV and AIDS. But they give most of the credit to the city's health campaigns, like the smoking bans, the trans fat ban, and the mandatory calorie counts on menus.

Dr. Linda Fried is the Dean of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and was not included in this report. "We don't yet have definitive proof that those are linked, but I think we have very suggestive evidence that in fact they are," she Dr. Fried. "The three major predictors of health and longer lives start at every age and stage with staying physically active, eating healthy foods in the right amount and preventing obesity and a great education," she adds.

But that life expectancy does not apply to everyone. The report also finds that New Yorkers living in the poorest neighborhoods can expect to live on average 4 years less than people living in the wealthiest neighborhoods.

Queens and Manhattan come in on top and the Bronx has the lowest life expectancy in the city, 76-years- old.

The city has pushed for more access to fruits and vegetables and more farmers markets.

And one unanswered question is the chicken and the egg scenario. Are Manhattanites healthy because they live here? Or does the city attract healthier people?

There's no great answer to that but if you want to see the full report CLICK HERE

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