Qns. residents in these nabes will live longest

City releases 2017 vital statistics summary

Residents of Elmhurst, Corona, Astoria and Woodside have an average life expectancy at birth of 86.3 years, the highest for any Queens neighborhoods, according to a new report from the city Health Department.

The 2017 Summary of Vital Statistics identifies the Rockaways as the section of the borough with the lowest life expectancy at birth: 76.9 years. The city found the one for Astoria and Long Island City to be 83.6 percent; for Jackson Heights, 85.7 percent; for Glendale and Ridgewood, 81.7 percent; Rego Park and Forest Hills, 84.9 percent; the Flushing area, 84.7 percent; Fresh Meadows and Briarwood, 84.4 percent; Woodhaven, 83.4 percent; Howard Beach, 81.9 percent; Bayside, 84.9 percent; Jamaica and St. Albans, 81.1 percent and Queens Village, 83.1 years.

The 2017 Summary of Vital Statistics, a citywide report, found that life expectancy for New Yorkers has increased. As with those born in 2016, babies delivered in 2017 can expect to live 82.1 years, a one-year increase over babies born in 2008.

Major disparities in lifespan exist, though. Non-Hispanic black New Yorkers born in 2017 can only expect to live 77.3 years, the same number is 82.4 for Hispanic ones and 81.3 for non-Hispanic whites.

“The city’s progress in improving health outcomes continues, but there is much work still to ensure equitable health outcomes for all New Yorkers,” Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said in a prepared statement. “Closing the racial health equity gap requires closer alignment between public health, health care delivery and sectors that affect health such as housing and the communities we serve.”

The Health Department report also shows that premature deaths sharply went down in the city. In 2017, the age-adjusted premature death rate was 184.9 deaths per 100,000 people, a minor decrease from the previous year and a 14.9 percent one since 2008.

In one striking finding, the agency discovered that births by women under 20 years old went down by 56.2 percent from 2008 to 2017. The rate declined by 65.1 percent in that period for women younger than 18.