Infant mortality in the United States 1935-2020

The infant mortality rate in the United States, for children under the age of one (twelve months), was 60 deaths per thousand births in 1935. Approximately six percent of children born in 1935 did not survive past their first birthday. Over the course of the next 85 years, this number has dropped significantly, and the rate has reached its lowest point ever in the period between 2015 and 2020, at six deaths per thousand births. Figures have been below ten since the 1990s.

Infant mortality rate (under one year old) in the United States from 1935 to 2020*

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Release date

June 2019


United States

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* All data given is an average of annual data from the preceding five year period.
UN data used from 1955 onwards. Data for the second source can be found here.

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