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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): 40.4 million (2012)

Source: CDC WONDER bridged race population estimates

Live births

  • Number of births: 634,126
  • Births per 1,000 women 15-44 years: 65.1
  • Percent of births with low birth weight: 12.8%

Source: Births: Final Data for 2012, tables 5, 19 [PDF - 2.2 MB]

Health risk factors: Smoking

  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American men 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 23.7% (2010-2012)
  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American women 18 years and over who currently smoke cigarettes: 15.8% (2010-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 58 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Health risk factors: 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, 2013, table 69 [PDF - 9.8 MB]

Hypertension

  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American men 20 years and over with hypertension: 39.9% (2009-2012)
  • Percent of non-Hispanic black or African American women 20 years and over with hypertension: 44.5% (2009-2012)

Source: Health, United States, 2013, table 65 [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: 286,797
  • Deaths per 100,000 population: 718.0

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2011, table 2 [PDF - 1.5 MB]

Leading causes of death

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke

Source: Deaths: Leading Causes for 2010, table E [PDF - 4.2 MB]

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