Low birth-weight babies in the United States
Why This Indicator Matters
This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more: http://datacenter.kidscount.org/publications.
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Low birth-weight babies
because one or more years have been deselected.
Live births weighing less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds).
The data reflect the mother’s place of residence, not the place where the birth occurred. Births of unknown weight were not included in these calculations. Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands are not included in the U.S. Average.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.
1990 through 2020 state-level estimates are from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Vital Statistics Reports or can be accessed through the CDC Wonder system. City-level estimates are from public use micro-data files provided by NCHS.
Updated April 2022.
S – NCHS reporting standards not met.
N.A. – Data not available.
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