B.C. residents are living longer, including those suffering from cancer.

The province's 2009 Vital Statistics annual report puts current life expectancy in B.C. at 81.4 years, compared to 78 years in the period from 1987 to 1991.

The report says people who die of cancer are also dying at a more advanced age than they were in 2000, and the death rate from diabetes has dropped since 2001.

A total of 31,227 people died in B.C. last year, and the two leading causes of death were cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The report says 45,141 babies were born in 2009, with multiple births and Caesarean deliveries on the rise.

The most popular boys' name last year were Ethan, Liam and Jacob, while Olivia, Emma and Sophia were the top girls' names.