Infant Mortality Rate By State 2020

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

Infant Mortality Rate By State 2020

State 2017 Mortality Rate (per 1K births) 2017 Tot. Deaths 2014 Mortality Rate 2014 Tot. Deaths 2020 Pop.
Massachusetts3.72624.43156,976,597
Washington3.93414.54027,797,095
California4.219734.3216339,937,489
New Hampshire4.2514.3531,371,246
North Dakota4.346557761,723
Colorado4.52914.83155,845,526
Connecticut4.51604.91763,563,077
New Jersey4.54534.44548,936,574
Idaho4.61025.51251,826,156
New York4.610474.6111019,440,469
Wyoming4.6326.449567,025
Minnesota4.832853525,700,671
Vermont4.8274.628628,061
Hawaii5.3924.5831,412,687
Iowa5.32034.81913,179,849
Montana5.4645.5681,086,759
Oregon5.42365.12344,301,089
Alaska5.6596.675734,002
Nebraska5.61445.11361,952,570
Arizona5.74696.15347,378,494
Maine5.7706.7851,345,790
Nevada5.82085.51963,139,658
New Mexico5.91405.41412,096,640
Texas5.922375.8233729,472,295
Utah5.92854.92513,282,115
Virginia5.95925.85958,626,207
Florida6.113586.1133321,992,985
Illinois6.19126.6104512,659,682
Kansas6.12216.32472,910,357
Pennsylvania6.18415.983812,820,878
Missouri6.24566.14576,169,270
Rhode Island6.2664.4481,056,161
Maryland6.44606.54786,083,116
Wisconsin6.44145.73815,851,754
Kentucky6.53557.13984,499,692
South Carolina6.53716.53725,210,095
Delaware6.6726.774982,895
Michigan6.87556.574510,045,029
West Virginia713171431,778,070
Louisiana7.14317.54834,645,184
North Carolina7.18477.185710,611,862
Georgia7.29327.597610,736,059
Ohio7.29836.995611,747,694
Indiana7.36007.15956,745,354
Alabama7.44348.75164,908,621
Tennessee7.45976.95646,897,576
Oklahoma7.73878.14343,954,821
South Dakota7.7945.972903,027
Arkansas8.23077.52903,038,999
Mississippi8.63228.23192,989,260