On average, the infant mortality rate in the United States of America has hovered from 0.5% to 0.7% 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: 2017, 5.8 deaths per 1,000 infants; 2016, 5.9 deaths per 1,000 infants; 2015 5.9 deaths per 1,000 infants; 2015, 5.9 deaths per 1,000 infants; 2014, 5.8 deaths per 1,000 infants; and 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, and 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 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.
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 awarenss 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 positive to see the death toll of infants going down.