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Infant Mortality Rate By State 2021

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 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 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.

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 2021

State 2017 Mortality Rate 2017 Tot. Deaths 2014 Mortality Rate 2014 Tot. Deaths 2021 Pop.
Massachusetts3.72624.43156,912,239
Washington3.93414.54027,796,941
California419734.3216339,613,493
North Dakota446557770,026
New Hampshire4.2514.3531,372,203
Colorado4.52914.83155,893,634
New Jersey4.54534.44548,874,520
Idaho4.61025.51251,860,123
New York4.610474.6111019,299,981
Minnesota4.832853525,706,398
Connecticut51604.91763,552,821
Iowa52034.81913,167,974
Oregon52365.12344,289,439
Vermont5274.628623,251
Wyoming5326.449581,075
Hawaii5.3924.5831,406,430
Montana5.4645.5681,085,004
Alaska5.6596.675724,357
Nebraska5.61445.11361,951,996
Arizona5.74696.15347,520,103
Texas5.922375.8233729,730,311
Virginia5.95925.85958,603,985
Florida613586.1133321,944,577
Illinois69126.6104512,569,321
Maine6706.7851,354,522
Nevada62085.51963,185,786
New Mexico61405.41412,105,005
Utah62854.92513,310,774
Wisconsin64145.73815,852,490
Kansas6.12216.32472,917,224
Pennsylvania6.18415.983812,804,123
Missouri6.24566.14576,169,038
Rhode Island6.2664.4481,061,509
Maryland6.44606.54786,065,436
Kentucky6.53557.13984,480,713
South Carolina6.53716.53725,277,830
Delaware7726.774990,334
Michigan77556.57459,992,427
West Virginia713171431,767,859
Louisiana7.14317.54834,627,002
North Carolina7.18477.185710,701,022
Georgia7.29327.597610,830,007
Ohio7.29836.995611,714,618
Indiana7.36007.15956,805,663
Alabama7.44348.75164,934,193
Tennessee7.45976.95646,944,260
Oklahoma7.73878.14343,990,443
Arkansas83077.52903,033,946
South Dakota8945.972896,581
Mississippi93228.23192,966,407

Infant Mortality Rate By State 2021