Rhode Island

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Location: Rhode Island
Topic: Low birthweight by race/ethnicity
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Low birthweight by race/ethnicity: Rhode Island, 2012-2014 Average

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• During 2012-2014 (average), the low birthweight rate in Rhode Island was highest for black infants (10.9%), followed by Asian/Pacific Islanders (8.5%), American Indian/Alaska Natives (8.4%), Hispanics (7.9%) and whites (6.5%). 
• Black infants (10.9%) were about 2 times as likely as white infants (6.5%) to be born low birthweight during 2012-2014 (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 January 23, 2018, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.