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Percent of Births with Low Birth-Weight

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Overview

Low birth-weight is defined as a birth-weight of less than 5.5 pounds. Women at risk of having a low birth-weight baby are those who have had inadequate or no prenatal care, teenage girls, and/or women who have had a previous premature birth. Babies born at low birth-weights are at an increased risk of physical and developmental disabilities and delays, various health problems, and neonatal death. According to the March of Dimes, nationally one in every 13 infants is born with a low birth-weight each year.

Percent of Births with Low Birth-Weight

The Top 10 results for 2012 (ranked by % Low Birth-Weight)

Zip Code% Low Birth-WeightBirths with Low Birth-WeightTotal BirthsYear
6209023.54172012
6206720.02102012
6313418.3432352012
6312018.1341882012
6311517.5633592012
6310717.0372182012
6220315.9181132012
6310115.44262012
6314715.1281852012
6310414.9463092012

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DATA NOTES:
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Calculation: (Total number of births with low birth-weight/Total number of births) x 100.

Calculations made by Vision for Children at Risk.

† Denotes ZIP codes with fewer than 15 total births.
* Data Not Available. The State of Illinois no longer releases data for which there are fewer than 12 incidences per ZIP code

COMPARATIVE NORM:
U.S: 8.1%
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
National Vital Statistics Report (2004)