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The Shanghai Health Bureau announced yesterday that the city’s registered residents’ average life expectancy at birth reached 82.41 in 2012, the longest life expectancy in China.
Shanghai has seen steady growth in life expectancy for the past five years, from 81.28 in 2008, despite needing to roll out special cartoon mascots to obfuscate how bad the air is here. For comparison, life expectancy for residents of New York city was 80.9 in 2010.
The city’s maternal mortality rate also improved, falling from 7.36 per 100,000 in 2011 to 7.1 per 100,000 last year. Infant mortality also dropped, from 5.7 in 2011 to 5.04 per 1,000 in 2012.