From 2001 to 2010, New York City life expectancy rate at birth increased by three years, far greater than the nationwide increase of nearly 1.8 years. The life expectancy of both men (78.1 years) and women (83.3 years) increased and are better than the nationwide averages for both sexes. The overall death rate hit an all-time low of 6.4 per 1,000 population in 2010: almost 8,000 fewer people died than in 2000
The additional years of expected life for 40-year-olds in New York City increased by 2.5 years from 2001 to 2010, a substantially greater gain than the 1.3 year increase for the same age group in the U.S. as a whole. At the same time, life expectancy for 70 year-olds in New York City increased 1.5 years, compared with .9 years for the nation.
In 2010, the life expectancy for a 40-year old in New York City was 82.3, compared with 80.5 in the United States, while the life expectancy for a 70 year old in New York City 87, compared to 85.5 nationwide. Not only did the City's life expectancy rate surpass the national rate, it improved faster than any major city for both women and men.