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Number of Deaths in New York City

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Community District Needs. Fiscal Year 2005 Brooklyn. Department of City Planning. City of NY: 3.
Vital Statistics19902001
Births: Number129,807114,094
Rate per 100017.714.2
Deaths: Number68,43955,954
Rate per 10009.37.0
Infant Mortality: Number1,496637
Rate per 100011.55.6
68,439 (1990)
55,954 (2001)
City Health Department Releases: Summary of Vital Statistics 2000. New York City Department of Health, Office of Public Affairs, 18 April 2002. "The 60,839 deaths in 2000 was the lowest number of deaths ever recorded in New York City." 60,839 (2000)
Wilson, Sue Young. Death in New York City. Gotham Gazette. 10 February 2004. "2002 saw 59,651 deaths recorded in the city, down from 62,964 in 2001." 59,651 (2002)
62,964 (2001)
Summary of Vital Statistics 2003 The City of New York [pdf]. Bureau of Vital Statistics, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, December 2004. [tables] 67,500-80,500 (1898-1955)
81,000-91,000 (1956-1973)
70,000-80,000 (1974-1995)
60,000-67,000 (1996-2001)
59,200-59,700 (2002-2003)
Summary of Vital Statistics 2001 The City of New York [pdf]. Bureau of Vital Statistics, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, March 2003. [tables] 62,000-65,000 (1997-1999)
60,800-62,500 (1999-2000)
60,800-63,000 (2000-2001)
Summary of Vital Statistics 2000 The City of New York [pdf]. Office of Vital Statistics, New York City Department of Health, February 2002. [tables] 62,000-73,000 (1995-1997)
72,000-75,000 (1988-1992)

Source: Bureau of Vital Statistics, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York City is the largest city in the United States, with an extraordinarily huge population. With different factors, the number of deaths in New York City varies from year to year. For example, factors such as the World Trade Center disaster in 2001, massive HIV hit in 1994, and influenza strike in 1918 added a large amount of deaths to the yearly toll. In 2000, heart disease proved to be the leading cause of death among all ethnic groups and genders. However, the number of deaths in New York City appears to be gradually decreasing year after year. Perhaps this is due to the advances in technology and the discovery of cures and vaccines.

In addition to the decline in death rates in New York City, the life expectancy of an average New Yorker has increased noticeably. From 1990 to 2000, the life expectancy for city-born girls increased by 3.2 years and, more dramatically, the life expectancy for city-born boys increased by almost 7 years. In fact, the life expectancy of a New Yorker has grown so much that New Yorkers appear to be living longer than other Americans (77.6 years in New York vs. 77 years nationally).

Tricia Mui -- 2005

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New York State Department of Health. Table 32: Death Summary Information By Age. Vital Statistics - 2003 Annual Report. "Total(1)
All deaths: 155,015"
Office of Vital Statistics. Summary of Vital Statistics 2006: The City of New York [pdf]. New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2007: 9. "All Ages: Total number 55,391" 55,391
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York City Death Rate Reaches Historic low. EurekAlert! 8 January 2008. "The death rate in New York City reached an all-time low in 2006, the Health Department reported today, as the number of deaths fell to 55,391 -- down from 57,068 in 2005 and 60,218 in 2001." 55,391
Riis, Jacob. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. New York: Scribner, 1890. "Number of deaths in New York, 1880 31,937
Number of deaths in New York, 1889 39,679"
Associated Press. New York City deaths at all-time low; heart disease, cancer biggest killers. Staten Island Live. 8 January 2008. "The number of deaths fell to 55,391 in 2006 from 57,068 a year earlier, according to the city's Health Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The only leading killer that increased significantly was substance use, up 8 percent." 55,391

New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world, consisting of a population of over eight million people. With such a large population that is still growing the number of deaths should be considerably high, however in 2006 the death rate reached a new low falling down to 6.7%. Also decreasing were smoke related deaths falling by 11.2% as well as deaths due to HIV. Although HIV mortality is still greatly present in the minority populations of New York City. The decreases are in part the work of new organizations that have put tremendous emphasis on the dangers of smoking and the importance of protection in the forms of advertisements, pamphlets and protests throughout New York City. New Yorkers are becoming more informed not only only on medical issues but with health topics also. With the recent boom of health related concerns, big food chains such as Subway offer more healthy food. New York City has also started a court battle that would require all fast food restaurants to offer a calories count of the food on their menus so that the more health oriented customers can see the nutrinional facts. This sudden spark of health interest was in effect to many people dying from diseases like heart disease and diabetes. Life expectancy figures rose as a consequence of the new interest. However no death rate is low enough. New Yorkers continue to strive for new historic low, year after year, setting an example for the rest of the world to follow.

Yvonne Skorwon -- 2008