U.S. infant mortality rate by state 2018

In 2018, the state of Mississippi had the highest infant mortality rate in the United States, with 8.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality is the death of an infant before the age of one. The countries with the lowest infant mortality rates worldwide are Monaco, Japan, and Iceland. The countries with the highest infant mortality rates include Afghanistan, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.

Causes

Rates and causes of infant mortality are different depending on the country and region. However, the leading causes of neonatal deaths include preterm birth complications, intrapartum-related events, and sepsis. The leading causes of death among children aged 1 to 59 months are pneumonia, diarrhea, and injury.

In the United States

The infant mortality rate in the United States has decreased over the past few decades, reaching a low of 5.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2017. The most common causes of infant death in the United States are congenital malformations, low birth rate, maternal complications, and sudden infant death syndrome. In 2017, congenital malformations accounted for around 119 infant deaths per 100,000 live births.

Infant mortality rate in the United States as of 2018, by state

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Release date

December 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

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