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Location: Chicago
Topic: Low birthweight by race/ethnicity
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Low birthweight by race/ethnicity: Chicago, 2011-2013 Average

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• During 2011-2013 (average), the low birthweight rate in Chicago was highest for black infants (14.4%), followed by Native Americans (9.6%), Asians (9.3%), Hispanics (7.5%) and whites (7.0%). 
• Black infants (14.4%) were about 2 times as likely as white infants (7.0%) to be born low birthweight during 2011-2013 (average) 

Healthy people 2020

  • Low birthweight: reduce to no more than 7.8% of live births.


  • All race categories exclude Hispanics.
  • Low birthweight is less than 2500 grams (5 1/2 pounds).


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved November 29, 2015, from