BOSTON. Boston has fewer gun deaths, more drug problems than most U.S. cities

Dec 6, 2016

Jessica Bartlett Reporter, Boston Business Journal

Boston may have fewer gun deaths and lower teen smoking rates than the average for U.S. cities, but has higher-then-average numbers of people dying of accidental opioid overdoses and people diagnosed with HIV, according to a new report.

The numbers come from Big Cities Health Coalition, a group of 2,800 local governmental health departments that compiles health stats for the biggest cities in the U.S., using an array of state surveys and databases.

When compared to U.S. averages — which include all rural, urban and suburban areas — Boston did better in a number of surprising categories, seeing better diabetes mortality rates per 100,000 people (19.4 compared to 21.1 U.S. average); lower rates of the uninsured (5.1 percent to U.S.’s 11.7 percent); lower firearm mortality rate for every 100,000 people (5.5 for Boston verses 10.43 for the U.S. average); and longer life expectancy (80.2 in Boston verses 78.8 U.S. average).

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