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QuickStats: Infant Mortality Rate,* by State — United States, 2016


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The figure above is a map showing that in 2016, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.87 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The rate ranged from 3.47 in Vermont to 9.03 in Alabama. Rates in two other states were 8.00 (Arkansas [8.20] and Mississippi [8.67]).

* The infant mortality rate is the number of infant (aged <1 year) deaths per 1,000 live births.

In 2016, the infant mortality rate in the United States was 5.87 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. The rate ranged from 3.47 in Vermont to 9.03 in Alabama. Rates in two other states were <4.00 (New Hampshire [3.67] and Massachusetts [3.94]). Higher rates were primarily in the southern states. In addition to Alabama, two other states had rates >8.00 (Arkansas [8.20] and Mississippi [8.67]).

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Linked birth/infant death period files, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/linked-birth.htm.

Reported by: Danielle M. Ely, PhD, dely@cdc.gov, 301-458-4812; T.J. Mathews, MA; Anne K. Driscoll, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Infant Mortality Rate, by State — United States, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:942. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6733a7.

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