Vermont has the lowest preterm birth rate in the country (8.8% of all births) and a significantly lower rate than the U.S. as a whole (11.7%). The state’s teen birth rate is also lower than the overall U.S. rate (16.8% vs. 31.3%). Vermont has the 10th lowest low birthweight rate in the U.S.
However, among the ten leading causes of death in the U.S., Vermont has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. rate for the following causes: cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, accidents and suicide. The state also has higher rates of firearm deaths than the overall U.S. rate.