Indicators by Life Stage

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The latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators

The DataBank delivers continuously updated trend data, in plain language, with the latest national estimates for all indicators, along with accessible color graphics and tables. DataBank estimates come from reliable sources including federal reports and websites.

Indicators by Life Stage

Pregnancy & Birth Indicators

A healthy pregnancy and healthy status at birth set the stage for subsequent child development and well-being.

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Preterm Births

Infants born preterm are at increased risk for a number of health problems. The percentage of births that were preterm (occurring at least three weeks before an infant’s due date — earlier than the 37th week of pregnancy), and especially late preterm births, increased markedly between 1990 and 2006, but has since decreased.

Infants & Young Children Indicators

The earliest years for children are ones of rapid growth, and create the foundations of social, emotional, language, and cognitive development.

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Well-Child Visits

“Well-child” pediatric visits to promote good health and development are recommended for all children. In 2013, 68 percent of children younger than six who were not covered by health insurance had received a well-child check-up in the past year, compared with 92 percent of children who were covered by health insurance.

Adolescents Indicators

The teen years call on young people to exercise initiative, independence, judgment in new arenas of relationships, values, learning, and engagement in work and community.

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Substance-Free Youth

The proportion of twelfth-grade students who report being substance-free in the last 30 days (no use of cigarettes, alcohol, or illicit drugs) increased from 26 percent in 1976 to 54 percent in 2014, the highest ever recorded. In 2014, the proportions of eighth- and tenth-graders abstaining from substances, at 86 and 69 percent, respectively ,were the highest since 1991.

Young Adults Indicators

Young adults seek to establish their self-sufficiency through employment, education, and social and community ties that will ultimately lead to their creating new households and families.

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Time Spent in Sleep

Three-quarters of children ages six to twelve, and close to half of adolescents and young adults, report getting nine or more hours of sleep on school nights.

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