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Health of Black or African American non-Hispanic Population

Data are for the U.S.

Population

  • Number of non-Hispanic black or African American residents (all Ages): 40.8 million (2013)

Source: CDC WONDER bridged race population estimates

Live births

  • Number of births: 583,834
  • Births per 1,000 women 15-44 years: 64.6
  • Percent of births with low birth weight: 13.1%

Source: Births: Final Data for 2013, tables 5, 19 [PDF - 1.8 MB]

Smoking

  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American men 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 22.7% (2011-2013)
  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American women 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 15.2% (2011-2013)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 54 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Obesity

  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American men 20 years and over who are obese: 37.9% (2009-2012)
  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American women 20 years and over who are obese: 57.6% (2009-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 64 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Hypertension

  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American men 20 years and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 39.9% (2009-2012)
  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American women 20 years and over with hypertension (measured high blood pressure and/or taking antihypertensive medication): 44.5% (2009-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2014, table 60 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health insurance coverage

  • Percent of persons under 65 years without health insurance coverage: 17.8%

Source: Summary Health Statistics for the U.S. Population: National Health Interview Survey, 2012, Appendix III, table XV [PDF - 1 MB]

Mortality

  • Number of deaths: 299,227
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 733.4

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, table 2 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Leading causes of death

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2013, table 13 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

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