NYC life expectancy hits record: 80.9 years

December 11, 2012 1:11:55 PM PST
The average life in the nation's biggest city may be hectic, but it's long.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that life expectancy has hit a record high: 80.9 years for a baby born in the city in 2010. The national average is 78.7 years.

The city's life expectancy number has grown by three years since 2001, nearly twice the nationwide rise.

Bloomberg credits factors including anti-smoking efforts, expanded HIV testing and anti-obesity programs. Those include requiring chain restaurants to post calorie counts on menus.

Meanwhile, the city's infant mortality rate hit an all-time low of 4.7 deaths per 1,000 live births last year. It has decreased 23 percent since 2001.

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