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A recent report from the New York City Health Department cites central Harlem as having the highest death rate of any community in the city. East Harlem also ranked first in the city for drug related deaths as well as for liver disease and cirrhosis.

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The summary of vital statistics, which has charted the health of New Yorkers since the 1860s, found that central Harlem had 8.8 deaths per 1,000 people in 2009, compared with 6.1 deaths per 1,000 people citywide.

East Harlem ranked third in the city with a rate of 8.3 deaths per 1,000 people.

The community also ranked third for drug-related deaths (18.6) and sixth for HIV (34.0). The death rate from homicides was sixth in the city at 14.4 deaths per 100,000 people.


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