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Idaho: Low birth weight babies

A low birth weight is under 2,500 grams, or roughly 5 lbs 8 oz. The percent of low birth weight babies is calculated by dividing the number of low birth weight babies by the number of live births. We multiply the result by 100. In counties with relatively few people, a small number of low birth weight babies may have a significant effect on percents from year to year.

In Idaho . . .

  • 6.5 percent of babies had low birth weights in 2014, compared to 8.0 percent in the U.S.

  • 1,478 babies had low birth weights in 2014, compared to 1,160 in 1997
 

To get the most out of this indicator . . .

 

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·         Is the percentage of low birth weight babies increasing or decreasing over time?

 

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·         Look at the county rankings for your state to see how your county compares to others.

·         Download data for your county or state to see the number of low-weight births in your county each year.

·         Find a wealth of health data at the Idaho Network of Care website.

·         The County Health Rankings website provides a set of county health indicators for every county in the nation.

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Note: A "low" birthweight is below 2,500 grams, or roughly 5 lbs 8 oz. Percent low birth weight babies is calculated by dividing the number of low birth weight babies by the number of live births. It is presented on a "per 100" basis. NA = Not Reported or Not Available.

Source: 1997-2014: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/HealthStatistics/tabid/102/Default.aspx);
1997-2014: National Center for Health Statistics, Birth Data (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm); DATE LAST UPDATED: August 15, 2016.



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