America’s Child and Teen Mortality Rate Is Moving in Right Direction

Posted January 2, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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In 2015, there were 25 child and teen deaths for every 100,000 chil­dren liv­ing in Amer­i­ca. This rate, which rep­re­sents close to 20,000 deaths annu­al­ly, has shrunk by 22% since 2005.

A notable caveat to such good news is that many of the deaths shap­ing this sta­tis­tic are preventable.

For instance: In 2015, 74% of chil­dren who passed away between the ages of 15 and 19 died because of an acci­dent, homi­cide or sui­cide. Also in 2015: 29% of kids who passed away between the ages of 1 and 14 died because of an acci­dent — with motor vehi­cle acci­dents list­ed as the pri­ma­ry cause.

At the state-lev­el, the child and teen death rate varies. Con­necti­cut has the low­est rate (15 deaths per 100,000 chil­dren) and Mon­tana has the high­est (43 deaths per 100,000 children).

A broad range of fac­tors — includ­ing a child’s phys­i­cal and men­tal well-being, their access to health care and their lev­el of adult super­vi­sion — can impact the size of this statistic.

Par­ents and care­givers can also take a few sim­ple steps to help keep kids safe. For instance: When fam­i­lies hit the road, adults can ensure that their young pas­sen­gers are wear­ing seat­belts and that no one gets behind the wheel while under the influ­ence of drugs, alco­hol or technology.

View more death and oth­er vital sta­tis­tics data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center:

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