All political jabs aside, New York has received some sobering news. The average life expectancy in the state of New York has taken a nosedive.

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A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics has revealed that the average life expectancy has dropped by nearly two years. In 2019, the average life expectancy in the United States was 78.8 years old. In 2020, that age dropped to 77 years old.

Out of each of the states, those living in Mississippi have been cursed with the lowest life expectancy of any state at 71.9 years while Hawaii has been blessed with the highest life expectancy age of 80.7 years.

Where then does that leave New York? Unfortunately, New York topped the list but for all of the worst reasons. The average life expectancy in the state of New York fell from the age of 80 in 2019 to 77.7 in 2020.

Researchers look at life expectancy numbers as a way to gage the overall health of the population living in each state and the massive drop, while alarming, shouldn't come as such a huge shock given what many of our elderly residents were faced with, especially those in nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic when an alarming number of New York's older population contracted COVID-19 and died.

Dr. Robert Anderson, chief of mortality statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics says that the United States had been on an upward trend where people were living longer than in previous years but the pandemic sent those numbers crashing.

As a matter of fact, although New York's life expectancy numbers took a hard hit, the United States as a whole also did with death rates rising by 19 percent from 2019 to 2020 which is the largest jump in a staggering 100 years.

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