BROWNSVILLE, BROOKLYN — Brownsville is one of New York City’s deadliest neighborhoods, Health Department data shows.
With its low life expectancy, high infant mortality rate and large number of murder- and drug-related deaths, the east Brooklyn neighborhood tops multiple lists in a mortality report released Monday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Brownsville residents have New York City’s lowest life expectancy at 75. 6 years, a lifetime that will last a full decade less than a resident of Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village or the Upper East Side.
And Brownsville had the highest age-adjusted death rate in 2017 with 809.4 deaths per 100,000 residents while the citywide average was just 545.7.
Homicides and drug-related deaths may account for the low life expectancy and high death rates.
Brownsville also has the city’s highest homicide rate from 2013 to 2017 with 16.9 deaths for every 1,000 residents, which is more than four times the citywide average of 3.8.
Brownsville has the most drug-related deaths in Brooklyn and among the highest in the city with 24.8 deaths per 100,000 residents from 2015 to 2017, data show.
The citywide average was 13.
Brownsville babies are among those least likely to live past their first birthdays, the Health Department data show.
While the three-year average infant mortality rate was highest in East Flatbush with 6.7 deaths for 1,000 births, Brownsville was among the top 10 with a rate of 6.0.
Health Department Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, MD wrote an introduction to the 128-report — which is released every year to highlight New York City health trends and the statistics inform future Health Department policies — and said she found one over-arching trend.
“These data illustrate the persistence of racial/ethnic and neighborhood disparities, which are the long-term result of structural racism,” Barbot wrote.
“The DOHMH remains committed to identifying the root causes of these disparities and addressing them by sharing data which inform our programmatic priorities.”