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Report: Chicagoans living longer than ever

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A recent report claims residents in the city of Chicago are living longer than ever before. 

According to the Chicago Health Department, the life expectancy for the average Chicagoan has hit an all time high of 77.8 years - that's seven years longer than it was in 1990.

“These numbers are further proof that Chicago is moving in the right direction,” said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. “Today, we are living longer and healthier than at any point in our entire history.”

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The report states both men and women of every ethnic group have seen significant increases in life expectancy. Officials with the Health Department cite better health care, a cleaner environment, less heart disease, cancer, and infectious diseases as possible reasons for the change.

Unfortunately, the life expectancy of Chicagoans still trails the national average.

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