Visitors to New York City who worry for their safety may have to rethink their assumptions about life in the Big Apple. According to figures released by Mayor Bloomberg's office, the life expectancy of babies born in NYC in 2009 has increased by three years since 2000, now up to 80.6 years. The national average is 78.2 years.
Even the elderly have seen their life expectancy rates go up: 70 year-olds can now expect to live a year and a half longer than they could ten years ago, The Atlantic Wire reported.Bloomberg reasonably credits the dramatic improvements to the ban on smoking just about everywhere, (not always successful) healthy food initiatives and improved treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
New York has also done a lot to encourage cycling, adding bike lanes and finally moving towards implementing a bike share system. Buildings are becoming more efficient thanks to new regulations. These are all components of a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle, and it's great to see that its adherents are being rewarded with longer, hopefully richer, lives.