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NYC Vital Statistics Report Shows Improvement, But Racial Disparities On Life Expectancy, Other Data

July 27, 2018 - 5:57 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday released its annual vital statistics data showing improvements for the city overall.

But as WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, racial disparities persist.

The data show that New York City residents live longer lives than the average American by nearly three years. Life expectancy for all New Yorkers is an average of 81.2 years, in contrast to 78.4 years for the rest of the U.S.

But the Health Department underlined that racial disparities still exist, noting that black New Yorkers have the shortest life expectancy at 77.2 years.

The latest statistics show that the three leading causes of death in New York City – namely heart disease, cancer, and influenza/pneumonia, have gone down 2007.

Teen birth rates have dropped by more than half over the past 10 years, but the Health Department underlines that there too, racial disparities exist, noting that infant mortality for blacks is three times higher than for whites, and people living in high-poverty neighborhoods had a premature death rate twice as high as people living in wealthier communities.