“Manhattan stands out,” says Dr. Christopher J.L. Murray, who is the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. The life expectancy of Manhattan residents has increased more than any other county since 1985. The top 12 increases also included Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens.
While changes in income sometimes reflected similar changes in life expectancy, it wasn’t consistent enough to be considered a direct cause. Rather, most believe the increase in years come from the city’s “drive to implement smoking bans, trans fat bans, and to make the city more amenable to physical activity […]