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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Low and Very Low Birthweight Infants

Infants born with low weight face a number of serious health risks. In 2012, 8.0 percent of all newborns had low birthweight (less than 5.5 pounds), only slightly below the 2006 figure of 8.3 percent—the highest proportion on record.

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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There has been substantial progress in recent years in getting mothers to breastfeed their infants, and the latest available national data met Healthy People 2010 goals. 

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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The share of twelfth-grade students who report dating frequently has declined steadily since 2001, reaching a new low of 18 percent in 2011, while the proportion who report not dating at all increased to 34 percent.

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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Educational Attainment

Among 25- to 29-year olds, the proportion who have attained a high school education, some college, or a bachelor’s degree are all rising, according to long-term trends. Despite progress, in 2012, only a third of this population had a bachelor’s degree or higher.