Definitions: Live births weighing less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds) by race and ethnicity.
It should also be noted that these figures represent the race of the mother, not the race of the child. This is important because increasing numbers of children are born to parents of different races. On birth certificates, as on most federal data collection forms, the question regarding whether a person is Hispanic is separate from the question asking whether a person is white, black, Asian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian. Thus, people are asked to select a racial group and to indicate whether they are of Hispanic origin. Race/ethnic groups represented in this table are not mutually exclusive. The category of white includes only non-Hispanic white. The categories Black or African American, American Indian, and Asian and Pacific Islander include both Hispanic and non-Hispanic. Those in the Hispanic or Latino category include those who may have identified as being in one of the non-White race groups. Starting in 2003, multiple race reporting was allowed by several states. Births of unknown weight were not included in these calculations.
Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.
1999 - 2010 Population Reference Bureau analysis of National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than 10 percentage points. N.A. – Data not available.
Note: The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are
not included in maps and rankings because they are not states and therefore comparisons on many
indicators of child well being are not meaningful.