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Infant Mortality Rate by State 2022

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.

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

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Infant Mortality Rate by State 2022

State 2017 Mortality Rate 2017 Tot. Deaths 2014 Mortality Rate 2014 Tot. Deaths
Mississippi93228.2319
Arkansas83077.5290
South Dakota8945.972
Oklahoma7.73878.1434
Alabama7.44348.7516
Tennessee7.45976.9564
Indiana7.36007.1595
Georgia7.29327.5976
Ohio7.29836.9956
Louisiana7.14317.5483
North Carolina7.18477.1857
Delaware7726.774
Michigan77556.5745
West Virginia71317143
Kentucky6.53557.1398
South Carolina6.53716.5372
Maryland6.44606.5478
Missouri6.24566.1457
Rhode Island6.2664.448
Kansas6.12216.3247
Pennsylvania6.18415.9838
Florida613586.11333
Illinois69126.61045
Maine6706.785
Nevada62085.5196
New Mexico61405.4141
Utah62854.9251
Wisconsin64145.7381
Texas5.922375.82337
Virginia5.95925.8595
Arizona5.74696.1534
Alaska5.6596.675
Nebraska5.61445.1136
Montana5.4645.568
Hawaii5.3924.583
Connecticut51604.9176
Iowa52034.8191
Oregon52365.1234
Vermont5274.628
Wyoming5326.449
Minnesota4.83285352
Idaho4.61025.5125
New York4.610474.61110
Colorado4.52914.8315
New Jersey4.54534.4454
New Hampshire4.2514.353
California419734.32163
North Dakota446557
Washington3.93414.5402
Massachusetts3.72624.4315

Infant Mortality Rate by State 2022

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