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Infant Mortality Rate by State 2022

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: 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.

Here are the 10 states with the highest infant mortality:

  1. Mississippi (9)
  2. Arkansas (8)
  3. South Dakota (8)
  4. Oklahoma (7.7)
  5. Alabama (7.4)
  6. Tennessee (7.4)
  7. Indiana (7.3)
  8. Georgia (7.2)
  9. Ohio (7.2)
  10. Louisiana (7.1)

Infant Mortality Rate by State 2022

State 2017 Mortality Rate 2017 Tot. Deaths 2014 Mortality Rate 2014 Tot. Deaths 2022 Pop.
Massachusetts3.72624.43156,922,107
Washington3.93414.54027,887,965
California419734.3216339,664,128
North Dakota446557774,008
New Hampshire4.2514.3531,378,449
Colorado4.52914.83155,961,083
New Jersey4.54534.44548,870,685
Idaho4.61025.51251,896,652
New York4.610474.6111019,223,191
Minnesota4.832853525,739,781
Connecticut51604.91763,546,588
Iowa52034.81913,174,426
Oregon52365.12344,325,290
Vermont5274.628622,882
Wyoming5326.449582,233
Hawaii5.3924.5831,401,709
Montana5.4645.5681,093,117
Alaska5.6596.675720,763
Nebraska5.61445.11361,960,790
Arizona5.74696.15347,640,796
Texas5.922375.8233730,097,526
Virginia5.95925.85958,638,218
Florida613586.1133322,177,997
Illinois69126.6104512,518,071
Maine6706.7851,359,677
Nevada62085.51963,238,601
New Mexico61405.41412,109,093
Utah62854.92513,363,182
Wisconsin64145.73815,867,518
Kansas6.12216.32472,919,179
Pennsylvania6.18415.983812,805,190
Missouri6.24566.14576,184,843
Rhode Island6.2664.4481,062,583
Maryland6.44606.54786,075,314
Kentucky6.53557.13984,487,233
South Carolina6.53716.53725,342,388
Delaware7726.774998,619
Michigan77556.57459,995,212
West Virginia713171431,755,715
Louisiana7.14317.54834,616,106
North Carolina7.18477.185710,807,491
Georgia7.29327.597610,936,299
Ohio7.29836.995611,727,377
Indiana7.36007.15956,842,385
Alabama7.44348.75164,949,697
Tennessee7.45976.95647,001,803
Oklahoma7.73878.14344,007,179
Arkansas83077.52903,042,017
South Dakota8945.972902,542
Mississippi93228.23192,961,536

Infant Mortality Rate by State 2022

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