Infant Mortality Rate at Historic Low
In 2010, approximately 25,000 babies died before their first birthday (a rate of 6.1 per 1,000 live births). Although still higher than most other developed countries, the U.S. infant mortality rate has declined by 34% since 1990. Developments in maternal health and advancements in medical technology partially explain the trend. Despite improvements, racial disparities persist, with African-American (11.6 per 1,000 live births) and American Indian (7.6 per 1,000 live births) infants experiencing higher mortality rates when compared to their white counterparts.
See the Health section of the KIDS COUNT Data Center for data for the nation, states and the District of Columbia: