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Low birthweight by race: United States, 2016-2018 Average

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• During 2016-2018 (average), the low birthweight rate in the United States was highest for black infants (13.3%), followed by Asian/Pacific Islanders (8.4%), American Indian/Alaska Natives (8.1%) and whites (7.1%). 
• Black infants (13.3%) were about 2 times as likely as white infants (7.1%) to be born low birthweight during 2016-2018 (average) 

Healthy people 2020

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

Footnotes

  • Low birthweight is less than 2500 grams (5 1/2 pounds).

Source

  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved August 08, 2020, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.