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Topic: Very low birthweight by race
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Very low birthweight by race: United States, 2013-2015 Average

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• During 2013-2015 (average), the very low birthweight rate in the United States was highest for black infants (2.8%), followed by American Indian/Alaska Natives (1.3%), Asian/Pacific Islanders (1.2%) and whites (1.1%). 
• Black infants (2.8%) were about 3 times as likely as white infants (1.1%) to be born very low birthweight during 2013-2015 (average). 

Healthy people 2020

  • Very low birthweight: reduce to no more than 1.4% of live births.


  • Very low birthweight is less than 1500 grams (3 1/3 pounds).


  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • Retrieved October 15, 2018, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.