Low Birth Weight

Percent of Infants Born at Low Birth Weight, by State and Race of Mother, 2005
State Total* Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black

N/A: Figure does not meet standards of reliability or precision or no data is available.
*Includes races other than White and Black.

United States 8.2 7.3 14.0
Alabama 10.7 8.8 15.5
Alaska 6.1 5.7 15.5
Arizona 6.9 6.9 13.0
Arkansas 8.9 7.7 14.5
California 6.9 6.5 12.6
Colorado 9.2 8.9 15.3
Connecticut 8.0 6.8 13.5
Delaware 9.5 7.7 14.9
DC 11.2 7.1 14.1
Florida 8.7 7.6 13.6
Georgia 9.5 7.5 14.4
Hawaii 8.2 6.6 10.8
Idaho 6.7 6.7 N/A
Illinois 8.5 7.3 15.1
Indiana 8.3 7.8 13.4
Iowa 7.2 7.0 12.5
Kansas 7.2 6.9 13.7
Kentucky 9.1 8.8 13.5
Louisiana 11.5 8.7 16.0
Maine 6.8 6.8 9.0
Maryland 9.1 7.1 13.1
Massachusetts 7.9 7.3 11.9
Michigan 8.3 7.0 14.7
Minnesota 6.5 6.0 11.3
Mississippi 11.8 8.7 16.1
Missouri 8.1 7.0 14.3
Montana 6.6 6.3 N/A
Nebraska 7.0 6.5 13.1
Nevada 8.3 7.8 14.8
New Hampshire 7.0 6.8 11.3
New Jersey 8.2 7.1 13.4
New Mexico 8.5 8.8 14.4
New York 8.3 7.0 13.2
North Carolina 9.2 7.9 14.6
North Dakota 6.4 6.3 N/A
Ohio 8.7 7.8 13.9
Oklahoma 8.0 7.5 14.2
Oregon 6.1 6.0 11.4
Pennsylvania 8.4 7.3 13.5
Rhode Island 7.8 7.1 10.3
South Carolina 10.2 7.8 15.3
South Dakota 6.6 6.6 N/A
Tennessee 9.5 8.4 14.9
Texas 8.3 7.7 14.2
Utah 6.8 6.6 10.6
Vermont 6.2 6.2 N/A
Virginia 8.2 7.2 12.7
Washington 6.1 5.6 9.8
West Virginia 9.6 9.4 13.1
Wisconsin 7.0 6.3 13.6
Wyoming 8.6 8.8 N/A

Source: Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD, Ventura SJ, Menacker F, Kirmeyer S, Munson ML. Births: Final data for 2005. National vital statistics reports; vol 56 no 6. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2007.

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