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Low birth-weight babies by race and ethnicity in United States

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Live births weighing less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds) by race and ethnicity.
The data reflect the mother’s place of residence, not the place where the birth occurred. Births of unknown weight are not included in these calculations. Figures represent the race of the mother, not the race of the child.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics microdata files.


S - Estimates suppressed when NCHS reporting standards not met.

N.A. - Data not available.

Last Updated

April 2024