Infant mortality rate in the United States as of 2017, by state (deaths per 1,000 live births)

U.S. infant mortality rate by state 2017 This statistic represents the infant mortality rate in the United States of America as of 2017, measured in deaths per 1,000 live births. As of that year, the infant mortality rate in Mississippi amounted to almost nine per one thousand live births before the age of one year, the highest rate of any state. Around two thirds of infant deaths in the U.S. occur in the neonatal period which lasts from birth to the first 27 days of life. Lack of access to health care, poor maternal health, and prenatal and postnatal care all contribute to infant mortality.
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Deaths per 1,000 live births
New Hampshire 4.2
Massachusetts 4.4
California 4.4
Iowa 4.5
Vermont 4.6
New York 4.6
New Jersey 4.6
Washington 4.7
Colorado 4.7
Utah 5
Rhode Island 5
Idaho 5.1
Minnesota 5.1
Oregon 5.1
Connecticut 5.2
New Mexico 5.2
Hawaii 5.2
Nevada 5.3
Nebraska 5.4
Wisconsin 5.7
Montana 5.7
Wyoming 5.7
Texas 5.8
Virginia 5.8
Arizona 5.8
United States 5.9
Pennsylvania 6
North Dakota 6.1
Kansas 6.1
Florida 6.2
Illinois 6.3
Missouri 6.3
Michigan 6.5
South Dakota 6.6
Maine 6.6
Maryland 6.6
Alaska 6.7
South Carolina 6.7
Tennessee 6.9
Kentucky 6.9
Ohio 7
West Virginia 7.1
Indiana 7.2
North Carolina 7.2
Arkansas 7.5
Georgia 7.6
Louisiana 7.6
Oklahoma 7.7
Delaware 7.9
District of Columbia 7.9
Alabama 8.5
Mississippi 8.8
Deaths per 1,000 live births
New Hampshire 4.2
Massachusetts 4.4
California 4.4
Iowa 4.5
Vermont 4.6
New York 4.6
New Jersey 4.6
Washington 4.7
Colorado 4.7
Utah 5
Rhode Island 5
Idaho 5.1
Minnesota 5.1
Oregon 5.1
Connecticut 5.2
New Mexico 5.2
Hawaii 5.2
Nevada 5.3
Nebraska 5.4
Wisconsin 5.7
Montana 5.7
Wyoming 5.7
Texas 5.8
Virginia 5.8
Arizona 5.8
United States 5.9
Pennsylvania 6
North Dakota 6.1
Kansas 6.1
Florida 6.2
Illinois 6.3
Missouri 6.3
Michigan 6.5
South Dakota 6.6
Maine 6.6
Maryland 6.6
Alaska 6.7
South Carolina 6.7
Tennessee 6.9
Kentucky 6.9
Ohio 7
West Virginia 7.1
Indiana 7.2
North Carolina 7.2
Arkansas 7.5
Georgia 7.6
Louisiana 7.6
Oklahoma 7.7
Delaware 7.9
District of Columbia 7.9
Alabama 8.5
Mississippi 8.8
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This statistic represents the infant mortality rate in the United States of America as of 2017, measured in deaths per 1,000 live births. As of that year, the infant mortality rate in Mississippi amounted to almost nine per one thousand live births before the age of one year, the highest rate of any state. Around two thirds of infant deaths in the U.S. occur in the neonatal period which lasts from birth to the first 27 days of life. Lack of access to health care, poor maternal health, and prenatal and postnatal care all contribute to infant mortality.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
as of 2017
Supplementary notes
*According to the source, "Before the age of one year."
The 2017 ranks are based on a two-year average using 2014 and 2015 data from the National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics System.
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