2006-10-27 / Community

City Health Profile: Rockaway Residents Young And Healthy

By Patricia Hannan

The verdict is in: the quality of life in Rockaway isn't so bad after all.

A recent report published by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, entitled, "Take Care," found Rockaway residents to be generally younger, healthier and happier than those in all of Queens and in all of New York City.

Rockaway residents are slightly younger than those in the rest of New York City's neighborhoods. Sixty-five percent of the Rockaway population is under 45 years old, with a little under half of those residents being 17 or younger.

The 0-17 age group makes up only 24 percent of New York City and 23 percent of Queens overall. Thirty-five percent of Rockaway residents are 45 years and older.

When asked to rate their own general health as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor, only less than one quarter of locals considered themselves in fair or poor health, compared to 21 percent of New York City and 20 percent of Queens, in general.

The report also ranks Rockaway in the top 10 percent of neighborhoods where residents are likely to get screened for cancer.

Rockaway residents are also less likely to suffer severe psychological problems, according to the DOH report.

The report indicates that only five percent of adults, ages 18 and up, in Rockaway suffer from serious psychological distress, compared to 6 percent in all of New York City.

More good news about Rockaway: The death rate in the past decade has dropped 10 percent and, while one-fifth of Rockaway residents are smokers, 69 percent of them are trying to kick the habit.

For other statistics or to find the complete "Take Care" report, visit www. nyc.gov/health

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