Bloomberg: City's life expectancy rate at record high

New Yorkers can expect to live about 81 years, two years over the national average.

New Yorkers can expect to live about 81 years, two years over the national average.

New Yorkers can expect to live about 81 years, two years over the national average. (12/11/12)

THE BRONX - Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that New York City's life expectancy is at an all-time high.

New Yorkers can expect to live about 81 years, two years over the national average. Department of Health Commissioner Thomas Farley says that early detection and treatment of HIV, heart disease and other illnesses are a major reason behind the increase.

The city's infant mortality rate is also at an all-time low. Since 2011, the number has dropped 23 percent to about five deaths per 100 live births.

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