A city analysis of public-health data from 2016 and 2017 shows Bostonians are having healthier babies and are less likely to grow up smoking, or do lots of binge drinking or have unsafe sex than in years past. But the numbers also show a rapid rise in opioid deaths and too many of us are anxious and torpid - fewer Bostonians are exercising and rates of certain chronic diseases remain unchanged.
The report by the Boston Public Health Commission also finds "stark differences" in health numbers for different racial and ethnic groups:
Black and Latino residents continue to experience higher rates of preterm birth, asthma, hypertension, obesity, and a host of other conditions compared with their White counterparts. Asian residents had higher rates of low birthweight births and tuberculosis than White residents. White residents had higher rates of mortality due to substance use than Asian, Black, and Latino residents. In addition to persistent racial and ethnic inequities, the report highlights differences in health outcomes between men and women, between residents of public housing and homeowners, between low income and higher income residents, and several other groups that may be at increased risk for poor health.
Health of Boston: 2016-2017 (153M PDF).