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Taipei sees longest-living citizens in 2011: ministry

TAIPEI--Taipei residents were the longest living in Taiwan in 2011 with an average life expectancy of 82.7 years old, but the average for Taiwan's 23.2 million citizens fell slightly by 0.03 years from a year earlier to 79.15, the Ministry of the Interior said Friday.

The life expectancy of Taiwanese men was 75.96, down 0.17 years from last year, while that of Taiwanese women was 82.63, up 0.08 years, according to a ministry statement.

The cause for the decline in average life expectancy for men was a higher number of deaths — 4,833, a 5.42 percent increase from the previous year, the statement said.

Among the five municipalities, Taipei citizens had the highest life expectancy, followed by New Taipei (80.46), Taichung (78.98), Tainan (78.44) and Kaohsiung (77.97), the statistics showed.

Hsinchu residents in northern Taiwan topped the other 18 cities and counties with a life expectancy of 80.45, while the eastern counties of Taitung (74.36) and Hualien (75.7) recorded the two shortest life expectancies for the second consecutive year, the ministry said.

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