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Topic: Preterm by race
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Preterm by race: United States, 2012-2014 Average

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• During 2012-2014 (average) in the United States, preterm birth rates were highest for black infants (13.1%), followed by American Indian/Alaska Natives (10.3%), whites (9.0%) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (8.6%). 
• Black infants (13.1%) were about 2 times as likely as Asian/Pacific Islander infants (8.6%) to be born preterm during 2012-2014 (average). 
• In the United States, prematurity/low birthweight is the second leading cause of all infant deaths (during the first year of life) and the leading cause of infant death among black infants. 

March of Dimes 2020 Goal

  • Reduce preterm births to no more than 8.1% of live births.
  • For more information, see here.

Healthy people 2020

  • Preterm births: reduce to no more than 11.4% of live births.


  • Preterm is less than 37 completed weeks gestation.


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved October 28, 2016, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.