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Taipei citizens see highest life expectancy in Taiwan

TAIPEI -- The life expectancy of Taipei citizens reached an average 82.66 years in 2012, the highest among all the cities and counties in Taiwan, the Taipei City Department of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said yesterday.

That year, the average life expectancies for citizens of Taiwan's other four special municipalities were 80.5 in New Taipei, 76.16 in Taichung, 78.59 in Tainan and 78.36 in Kaohsiung, according to Ministry of the Interior statistics.

In Taipei, the nation's capital, the life expectancy of men averaged 80, while that of women reached 85.3, the department said, attributing the results to better health and medical care facilities and the city's policy of establishing a comprehensive day-care and home service network for senior citizens.

The population of the elderly (people aged over 65) stood at 362,605 in 2013 in Taipei, accounting for 13.5 percent of the city's total, according to the department.

The ratio was a rise of 0.5 percentage points from the previous year, it noted.

The total population of Taipei was 2.69 million as of December 2013, according to the department.

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