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Low Birth Weight, Preterm Birth, and Births to Unmarried Women (Percent), by State and Maternal Race/Ethnicity, 2007

Low Birth Weight, Preterm Birth, and Births to Unmarried Women (Percent), by State and Maternal Race/Ethnicity, 2007
State Low Birth Weight* Preterm Birth** Births to Unmarried Women
Total Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black Hispanic Total Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black Hispanic Total Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black Hispanic

*Low birth weight is less than 2,500 grams or 5 pounds 8 ounces.

**Preterm birth is less than 37 completed weeks of gestation.

N/A: Figure does not meet standards of reliability or precision; based on fewer than 20 births in the numerator.

Source II.2: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System.

United States 8.2 7.3 13.9 6.9 12.7 11.5 18.3 12.3 39.7 27.8 71.6 51.3
Alabama 10.4 8.4 15.4 7.0 16.6 14.6 21.3 14.4 38.3 23.9 71.4 24.5
Alaska 5.7 5.6 11.3 6.2 10.4 9.2 14.2 11.2 37.3 23.4 46.0 34.7
Arizona 7.1 7.0 13.1 6.6 12.7 11.8 18.4 12.8 45.2 28.7 62.0 56.8
Arkansas 9.1 8.0 14.8 6.6 13.9 12.7 19.1 12.9 43.4 32.6 78.9 49.7
California 6.9 6.4 11.9 6.3 10.9 9.9 15.2 11.0 38.9 23.5 67.1 49.8
Colorado 9.0 8.7 14.8 8.6 12.2 11.3 18.4 12.9 25.4 17.3 49.4 38.2
Connecticut 8.1 7.1 12.2 8.3 10.5 9.6 14.3 10.9 35.1 20.9 68.1 63.5
Delaware 9.3 7.3 13.9 8.2 14.3 12.0 18.3 15.7 46.8 32.9 71.5 63.7
DC 11.1 6.2 14.6 7.3 15.6 9.6 18.8 15.2 58.5 6.9 80.0 72.0
Florida 8.7 7.4 13.6 7.1 13.8 11.8 19.0 13.1 46.1 34.5 69.8 49.6
Georgia 9.5 7.5 14.3 6.0 13.9 12.0 18.4 10.7 43.6 25.7 68.9 49.6
Hawaii 8.0 5.6 10.4 8.4 12.4 9.6 12.8 11.3 36.9 26.3 24.7 49.3
Idaho 6.5 6.5 N/A 6.3 10.5 10.3 N/A 10.9 25.5 21.8 33.1 42.0
Illinois 8.5 7.3 14.6 6.8 13.0 11.8 18.6 12.5 40.1 25.3 79.6 50.8
Indiana 8.5 7.9 14.1 7.2 12.9 12.1 19.5 12.3 42.4 36.0 78.5 56.2
Iowa 6.8 6.6 11.9 5.8 11.6 11.3 15.8 12.4 34.3 30.8 77.3 50.1
Kansas 7.1 6.8 13.2 5.6 11.6 11.1 16.6 11.4 36.5 30.2 72.2 51.6
Kentucky 9.3 8.8 15.4 7.1 15.2 14.6 21.2 14.8 39.3 34.9 76.3 51.8
Louisiana 11.2 8.5 15.8 6.6 16.6 13.7 21.4 12.4 51.4 32.8 78.5 53.6
Maine 6.3 6.2 9.5 N/A 10.6 10.4 16.3 14.4 39.1 39.1 36.8 41.6
Maryland 9.1 7.0 12.9 7.3 13.4 11.1 17.5 12.8 40.9 25.5 62.9 54.8
Massachusetts 7.9 7.3 10.8 8.0 11.2 10.9 13.9 11.4 33.4 25.1 58.4 66.9
Michigan 8.4 7.3 13.6 7.2 12.5 11.3 18.3 11.4 39.4 29.7 78.1 50.0
Minnesota 6.7 6.2 10.8 5.7 10.4 10.1 13.1 9.9 32.7 25.5 61.2 56.9
Mississippi 12.3 9.1 16.4 7.2 18.3 14.8 22.7 14.9 53.7 30.6 79.6 56.0
Missouri 7.9 6.9 13.5 5.7 12.5 11.4 18.6 11.4 40.5 32.5 79.0 52.6
Montana 7.2 6.7 N/A 8.9 11.9 11.0 N/A 12.1 35.9 29.1 45.2 43.9
Nebraska 7.0 6.5 13.6 6.4 11.9 11.5 17.1 11.8 33.4 26.3 72.1 49.5
Nevada 8.2 7.9 14.5 6.6 14.3 13.2 20.1 13.8 42.0 30.1 70.0 50.1
New Hampshire 6.3 6.3 N/A 6.1 9.4 9.4 15.2 9.6 31.4 31.5 38.7 47.7
New Jersey 8.5 7.4 13.4 7.5 12.7 11.2 17.9 13.2 34.4 16.8 68.1 58.6
New Mexico 8.7 8.7 14.9 8.7 12.8 12.2 17.7 12.8 51.8 31.6 57.4 57.8
New York 8.1 6.9 12.6 7.7 12.3 10.8 16.8 13.1 40.7 23.7 69.5 64.7
North Carolina 9.2 7.8 14.6 6.5 13.3 11.6 18.2 12.4 41.2 25.6 71.2 53.7
North Dakota 6.3 6.2 N/A N/A 11.6 10.8 N/A 10.1 32.6 26.3 30.2 42.1
Ohio 8.8 7.6 14.2 8.2 13.2 12.0 18.6 14.1 42.2 34.4 78.5 58.9
Oklahoma 8.2 7.9 14.7 6.2 13.5 13.0 19.2 12.2 41.3 33.6 74.3 48.0
Oregon 6.1 5.9 9.8 5.9 10.3 10.1 13.5 10.2 35.1 31.0 65.2 47.7
Pennsylvania 8.4 7.1 13.8 8.9 11.8 10.5 17.2 13.1 39.7 30.1 77.7 64.1
Rhode Island 8.0 7.5 10.9 7.7 12.0 11.2 16.6 12.9 44.0 33.0 71.9 64.6
South Carolina 10.1 7.8 15.2 6.7 15.5 13.3 20.1 13.1 46.6 29.3 76.5 48.1
South Dakota 7.0 6.7 10.8 6.6 12.6 11.2 18.9 12.7 38.4 27.8 48.6 56.3
Tennessee 9.4 8.3 14.6 6.3 14.2 13.2 18.5 12.7 42.8 31.7 77.1 53.2
Texas 8.4 7.7 14.3 7.5 13.6 12.5 18.2 13.6 40.7 26.3 65.8 47.3
Utah 6.7 6.4 10.7 7.3 10.9 10.2 19.6 12.5 19.7 13.4 50.4 44.1
Vermont 6.2 6.1 N/A N/A 9.1 9.0 N/A N/A 36.6 36.6 46.3 32.5
Virginia 8.6 7.2 13.7 6.4 12.1 10.5 17.3 11.2 35.2 22.9 65.4 52.1
Washington 6.3 6.0 9.8 5.7 10.6 10.0 13.8 11.0 33.2 27.7 56.3 49.4
West Virginia 9.5 9.4 15.0 N/A 13.9 13.8 18.0 12.3 40.3 39.2 73.5 47.0
Wisconsin 7.0 6.1 13.5 6.4 11.1 10.3 17.2 11.2 35.4 26.8 84.3 53.6
Wyoming 9.1 9.3 N/A 7.1 12.7 12.4 N/A 12.2 34.7 29.7 57.0 54.3