The 2020 national goal for low birth weight babies—babies born alive who weight less than 2,500 grams (5.5 pounds)—is not to exceed 7.8% of live births. Washoe county and Nevada rates started to decline in 2008. This is important because low birth weight babies experience more long-term developmental and neurological disabilities than normal weight babies. Prenatal care saves signifiant dollars later in life.
Nevada ranked 23rd in the America’s Health Rankings 2015 report (based upon 2013 birth certificates); moving to 30th in the 2018 ranking (CDC 2016 data).
Washoe & Clark Counties are 3-year averages as reported by Kids Count