Infant Mortality Rate By State 2019

On average, the infant mortality rate in the United States of America has hovered around five, six, and seven percent of children. To be more specific, the mortality rate of infants in 2017 was estimated to be 5.8 deaths out of every 1,000 infants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data that estimated the average infant mortality rate across the nation in other years, too…

  • 2017, 5.8 deaths per 1,000 infants
  • 2016, 5.9 deaths per 1,000 infants
  • 2015, 5.9 deaths per 1,000 infants
  • 2014, 5.8 deaths per 1,000 infants
  • 2005, 7.1 deaths per 1,000 infants

Some of the causes of infant mortality rates being as high as they are include…

  • Babies being born premature
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Fatal birth defects
  • Health problems and injuries

Focusing on the most recent data from 2017, let’s first look at the number of infant deaths that took place in each state during that year.

The Infant Mortality Rate of US States in 2017, Per One Thousand Children

The Number of Infant Deaths in America in 2017

Infant mortality rates are helpful when comparing death rates between states and for condensing large numbers into consumable figures. But it can be hard to fully understand the gravity and intensity of infant deaths simply by learning about mortality rates.

To show you how these infant mortality rates translate into a body count, here are the number of infants who died in the year 2017. These values are the equivalent to the mortality rate listed by the respective state above. But these are the exact number of babies who died, as opposed to representing their deaths as relative to the population of babies, like the infant mortality rates do.

  • Alabama 434 infant deaths
  • Alaska 59 infant deaths
  • Arizona 469 infant deaths
  • Arkansas 307 infant deaths
  • California 1,973 infant deaths
  • Colorado 291 infant deaths
  • Connecticut 160 infant deaths
  • Delaware 72 infant deaths
  • Florida 1,358 infant deaths
  • Georgia 932 infant deaths
  • Hawaii 92 infant deaths
  • Idaho 102 infant deaths
  • Illinois 912 infant deaths
  • Indiana 600 infant deaths
  • Iowa 203 infant deaths
  • Kansas 221 infant deaths
  • Kentucky 355 infant deaths
  • Louisiana 431 infant deaths
  • Maine 70 infant deaths
  • Maryland 460 infant deaths
  • Massachusetts 262 infant deaths
  • Michigan 755 infant deaths
  • Minnesota 328 infant deaths
  • Mississippi 322 infant deaths
  • Missouri 456 infant deaths
  • Montana 64 infant deaths
  • Nebraska 144 infant deaths
  • Nevada 208 infant deaths
  • New Hampshire 51 infant deaths
  • New Jersey 453 infant deaths
  • New Mexico 140 infant deaths
  • New York 1,047 infant deaths
  • North Carolina 847 infant deaths
  • North Dakota 46 infant deaths
  • Ohio 983 infant deaths
  • Oklahoma 387 infant deaths
  • Oregon 236 infant deaths
  • Pennsylvania 841 infant deaths
  • Rhode Island 66 infant deaths
  • South Carolina 371 infant deaths
  • South Dakota 94 infant deaths
  • Tennessee 597 infant deaths
  • Texas 2,237 infant deaths
  • Utah 285 infant deaths
  • Vermont 27 infant deaths
  • Virginia 592 infant deaths
  • Washington 341 infant deaths
  • West Virginia 131 infant deaths
  • Wisconsin 414 infant deaths
  • Wyoming 32 infant deaths

Infant Mortality Rates for Children in 2014, Per One Thousand Children

  • Alabama 8.7 deaths
  • Alaska 6.6 deaths
  • Arizona 6.1 deaths
  • Arkansas 7.5 deaths
  • California 4.3 deaths
  • Colorado 4.8 deaths
  • Connecticut 4.9 deaths
  • Delaware 6.7 deaths
  • Florida 6.1 deaths
  • Georgia 7.5 deaths
  • Hawaii 4.5 deaths
  • Idaho 5.5 deaths
  • Illinois 6.6 deaths
  • Indiana 7.1 deaths
  • Iowa 4.8 deaths
  • Kansas 6.3 deaths
  • Kentucky 7.1 deaths
  • Louisiana 7.5 deaths
  • Maine 6.7 deaths
  • Maryland 6.5 deaths
  • Massachusetts 4.4 deaths
  • Michigan 6.5 deaths
  • Minnesota 5.0 deaths
  • Mississippi 8.2 deaths
  • Missouri 6.1 deaths
  • Montana 5.5 deaths
  • Nebraska 5.1 deaths
  • Nevada 5.5 deaths
  • New Hampshire 4.3 deaths
  • New Jersey 4.4 deaths
  • New Mexico 5.4 deaths
  • New York 4.6 deaths
  • North Carolina 7.1 deaths
  • North Dakota 5.0 deaths
  • Ohio 6.9 deaths
  • Oklahoma 8.1 deaths
  • Oregon 5.1 deaths
  • Pennsylvania 5.9 deaths
  • Rhode Island 4.4 deaths
  • South Carolina 6.5 deaths
  • South Dakota 5.9 deaths
  • Tennessee 6.9 deaths
  • Texas 5.8 deaths
  • Utah 4.9 deaths
  • Vermont 4.6 deaths
  • Virginia 5.8 deaths
  • Washington 4.5 deaths
  • West Virginia 7.0 deaths
  • Wisconsin 5.7 deaths
  • Wyoming 6.4 deaths

The Number of Infant Deaths in America in 2014

Like we showed for the mortality rates of infants in 2017, here is a breakdown of what each mortality rate means for each state. The majority of America had a higher infant mortality rate in 2014 than the death tolls of infants in 2017.

This discrepancy can be attributed to causes of infant deaths such as…

  • Better medical practices
  • More knowledge on dangers that pose a threat to young children
  • Heightened awareness of accidental deaths that result from conditions like SIDS
  • Greater levels of supervision
  • And a plethora of other variables.

It is not possible to say that one thing explicitly caused more infants to die in 2014 than in 2017, but even so, it is wonderful to see the death toll of infants going down.

  • Alabama 516 infant deaths
  • Alaska 75 infant deaths
  • Arizona 534 infant deaths
  • Arkansas 290 infant deaths
  • California 2,163 infant deaths
  • Colorado 315 infant deaths
  • Connecticut 176 infant deaths
  • Delaware 74 infant deaths
  • Florida 1,333 infant deaths
  • Georgia 976 infant deaths
  • Hawaii 83 infant deaths
  • Idaho 125 infant deaths
  • Illinois 1,045 infant deaths
  • Indiana 595 infant deaths
  • Iowa 191 infant deaths
  • Kansas 247 infant deaths
  • Kentucky 398 infant deaths
  • Louisiana 483 infant deaths
  • Maine 85 infant deaths
  • Maryland 478 infant deaths
  • Massachusetts 315 infant deaths
  • Michigan 745 infant deaths
  • Minnesota 352 infant deaths
  • Mississippi 319 infant deaths
  • Missouri 457 infant deaths
  • Montana 68 infant deaths
  • Nebraska 136 infant deaths
  • Nevada 196 infant deaths
  • New Hampshire 53 infant deaths
  • New Jersey 454 infant deaths
  • New Mexico 141 infant deaths
  • New York 1,110 infant deaths
  • North Carolina 857 infant deaths
  • North Dakota 57 infant deaths
  • Ohio 956 infant deaths
  • Oklahoma 434 infant deaths
  • Oregon 234 infant deaths
  • Pennsylvania 838 infant deaths
  • Rhode Island 48 infant deaths
  • South Carolina 372 infant deaths
  • South Dakota 72 infant deaths
  • Tennessee 564 infant deaths
  • Texas 2,337 infant deaths
  • Utah 251 infant deaths
  • Vermont 28 infant deaths
  • Virginia 595 infant deaths
  • Washington 402 infant deaths
  • West Virginia 143 infant deaths
  • Wisconsin 381 infant deaths
  • Wyoming 49 infant deaths
State 2017 Mortality Rate (per 1K births) 2017 Tot. Deaths 2014 Mortality Rate 2014 Tot. Deaths 2019 Pop.
Massachusetts3.72624.43156,939,373
Washington3.93414.54027,666,343
California4.219734.3216339,747,267
New Hampshire4.2514.3531,363,852
North Dakota4.346557760,900
Colorado4.52914.83155,770,545
Connecticut4.51604.91763,567,871
New Jersey4.54534.44548,922,547
Idaho4.61025.51251,790,182
New York4.610474.6111019,491,339
Wyoming4.6326.449572,381
Minnesota4.832853525,655,925
Vermont4.8274.628627,180
Hawaii5.3924.5831,416,589
Iowa5.32034.81913,167,997
Montana5.4645.5681,074,532
Oregon5.42365.12344,245,901
Alaska5.6596.675735,720
Nebraska5.61445.11361,940,919
Arizona5.74696.15347,275,070
Maine5.7706.7851,342,097
Nevada5.82085.51963,087,025
New Mexico5.91405.41412,096,034
Texas5.922375.8233729,087,070
Utah5.92854.92513,221,610
Virginia5.95925.85958,571,946
Florida6.113586.1133321,646,155
Illinois6.19126.6104512,700,381
Kansas6.12216.32472,910,931
Pennsylvania6.18415.983812,813,969
Missouri6.24566.14576,147,861
Rhode Island6.2664.4481,056,738
Maryland6.44606.54786,062,917
Wisconsin6.44145.73815,832,661
Kentucky6.53557.13984,484,047
South Carolina6.53716.53725,147,111
Delaware6.6726.774975,033
Michigan6.87556.574510,020,472
West Virginia713171431,791,951
Louisiana7.14317.54834,652,581
North Carolina7.18477.185710,497,741
Georgia7.29327.597610,627,767
Ohio7.29836.995611,718,568
Indiana7.36007.15956,718,616
Alabama7.44348.75164,898,246
Tennessee7.45976.95646,833,793
Oklahoma7.73878.14343,948,950
South Dakota7.7945.972892,631
Arkansas8.23077.52903,026,412
Mississippi8.63228.23192,987,895