Portion of infants weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth
Indicator Summary Score
Numbers listed on the maps are indicator summary scores, which measure how far a state has to go to meet the HOPE Goal (Distance to Goal) and how much variation there is across racial and ethnic groups within the state on the measure (Racial Inequity). Scores range from 0 to 100 with 100 indicating the state with the best combined performance. Hovering over a state reveals information on Distance to Goal and Racial Inequity separately.
of infants are born with low birth weight
of infants born with low birth weight
Distance to Goal107,146
fewer low-weight births would need to happen per year in the U.S. to achieve the HOPE Goal
Why it Matters
Reducing low birthweight in infants minimizes physical and mental morbidities experienced by low birthweight babies, and it reduces healthcare costs and hospitalization expenses later in life.
- Black infants have a higher rate of low birth weight compared to other races with 13.6% of infants weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth.
- Hispanic and White infants have lower rates of low birth weight compared to other races with 7.2% and 7.0% of infants weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth, respectively.
- States in the Southeast generally fare poorly than other regions in infant low birth weight with Mississippi having the poorest outcomes.
- Relatively, the Plains states have better outcomes for low birth weight in infants.
- The Far West states also perform better in infant low birth weight with 3 states ranking in the top ten (Alaska, Oregon and Washington).
State Distance to Goal
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