Premature Birth Rates (<37 weeks) by Geography and Socioeconomic Status

New York Finger Lakes Region (2012-2014)

Across the Finger Lakes region, premature birth rates are highest in ZIP codes with the lowest socioeconomic status. The urban rate is significantly higher than both the suburban and rural rates, which is consistent with the concentration of low SES ZIP codes within the urban areas.


Methodology note: The SES index ranking was developed by Common Ground Health and calculated using a variety of socioeconomic indicators from the American Community Survey including average income, poverty rates, education levels, housing value, and homeownership. Each ZIP code is assigned a socioeconomic (SES) index ranking from 1 to 5. The lower SES ZIP codes tend to have lower average income, higher poverty rates, lower prevalence of college degrees, etc.

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