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

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• During 2011-2013 (average), the very low birthweight rate in Chicago was highest for black infants (3.2%), followed by Asians (1.3%), Hispanics (1.3%) and whites (1.1%). 
• Black infants (3.2%) were about 3 times as likely as white infants (1.1%) to be born very low birthweight during 2011-2013 (average). 

Healthy people 2020

  • Very low birthweight: reduce to no more than 1.4% of live births.


  • All race categories exclude Hispanics.
  • Very low birthweight is less than 1500 grams (3 1/3 pounds).


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved November 27, 2015, from