California Premature Birth Rate at 8.6%

California Factoid: 11/7/2017

According to the just released March of Dimes 2017 Premature Birth Report Card, California had a Preterm Birth Rate of 8.6% in 2016, with a Grade B, compared to the overall national rate of 9.8% with a grade of C. 

While California's rate has dropped from 9.1% in 2007, just as with national trends California's rate has risen recently, from 8.3 in 2014. Among the top 15 counties by number of births, Fresno had the highest preterm birth rate at 10.1%, and Orange County had the lowest rate at 7.6%.     
           
Source: March of Dimes, Premature Birth Report Card 2017

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California