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Location: Illinois
Topic: Low birthweight by race/ethnicity
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Low birthweight by race/ethnicity: Illinois, 2014-2016 Average

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• During 2014-2016 (average), the low birthweight rate in Illinois was highest for black infants (13.9%), followed by Asian/Pacific Islanders (9.1%), Hispanics (6.9%), whites (6.9%) and American Indian/Alaska Natives (6.6%). 
• Black infants (13.9%) were about 2 times as likely as American Indian/Alaska Native infants (6.6%) to be born low birthweight during 2014-2016 (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 19, 2019, from