Rhode Island

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

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• During 2012-2014 (average), the very low birthweight rate in Rhode Island was highest for black infants (2.7%), followed by Hispanics (1.4%), Asian/Pacific Islanders (1.4%) and whites (1.3%). 
• Black infants (2.7%) were about 2 times as likely as white infants (1.3%) to be born very low birthweight during 2012-2014 (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 January 19, 2018, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.