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Stats of the State of Louisiana

Louisiana Birth Data 2014 State Rank* U.S.**
Percent of Births to Unmarried Mothers 52.7 2nd 40.2¹
Cesarean Delivery Rate 38.3 1st 32.2
Preterm Birth Rate 12.3 2nd 9.6
Teen Birth Rate ‡                35.8 7th 24.2
Low Birthweight Rate 10.5 2nd 8.0

¹ Excludes data from U.S. territories
‡Number of live births per 1,000 females aged 15-19


LA Leading Causes of Death, 2014 Deaths Rate*** State Rank* U.S. Rate**
1.  Heart Disease 10647 216.3 5th 167.0
2.  Cancer 9455 186.1 4th 161.2
3.  Accidents 2344 49.8 12th 40.5
4.  Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 2237 45.5 23rd 40.5
5.  Stroke 2230 45.6 4th 36.5
6.  Alzheimer's disease 1670 36.0 6th 25.4
7.  Diabetes 1238 24.8 7th 20.9
8.  Kidney Disease 1217 24.9 1st 13.2
9.  Septicemia 960 19.4 2nd 10.7
10.  Flu/Pneumonia 854 17.5 14th 15.1


Louisiana Mortality Data Deaths Rate** U.S. Deaths U.S. Rate***
Firearm Deaths 890 18.9 33390 10.2
Homicide 538 11.7 15809 5.1
Drug Poisoning Deaths 777 16.9 47055 14.7


Other Louisiana Data State U.S.
Infant Mortality Rate  (Deaths per 1,000 live births) 7.5 5.8
Percentage of Persons Without Health Insurance 9.7 9.1
Marriage Rate 6.9 6.9†
Divorce Rate 2.3 3.2††


* Rankings are from highest to lowest.
** Rates for the U.S. include the District of Columbia and (for births) U.S. territories.  Refer to notes in publication tables for more detail.
*** Death rates are age-adjusted.  Refer to source notes below for more detail.
†Excludes data for Georgia.
††Excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, and Minnesota.
n/a - Data not available.



Health Insurance data come from Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2015; 2014 birth data come from National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 64, No. 12; leading cause of death data, including firearm, homicide, and drug poisoning mortality data, and infant mortality data come from CDC WONDER and rankings and rates are based on 2014 age-adjusted death rates. For more information on age-adjustment, refer to this report.  States are categorized from highest rate to lowest rate. Although adjusted for variations in age-distribution and population size, differences by state do not take into account other state specific population characteristics that may affect the level of the birth characteristic or mortality. When the number of deaths or births events is small, differences by state may be unreliable due to instability in rates.  When the number of deaths is small, rankings by state may be unreliable due to instability in death rates. Marriage and divorce data come from unpublished tables from the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.