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Five-Year Infant Mortality Rate

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The infant mortality rate (IMR)reflects the number of children per 1,000 live births who die before their first birthday.  It is widely used as a key indicator of the quality of life in a community.  Babies born prematurely are at the greatest risk of infant mortality.  Other leading causes of infant death include Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and congenital abnormalities. In 2004, the national IMR was 6.8 per 1,000 live births. According to the CDC, infant mortality among African Americans in 2000 occurred at a rate of 14.1 deaths per 1,000 live births. That was more than twice the national average of 6.9 deaths per 1,000 live births that year. Teen mothers, mothers who received no or inadequate prenatal care, who have lower educational attainment, and who use tobacco, alcohol or drugs during their pregnancies have babies who are at a higher risk of infant mortality.

Five-Year Infant Mortality Rate

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Calculation: (Number of infant deaths x 1,000/Total number of births).
Calculations made by Vision for Children at Risk.
* Insufficient Data. In order to calculate an infant mortality rate, a ZIP code must have at least 5 infant deaths and more than 1,000 births over a five year period. These ZIP codes did not.
This table shows infant mortality rates for ZIP codes with more than 1,000 births and at least 5 infant deaths over the five year period. A more thorough explanation of this indicator, its methodology, and a complete data table can be found in Appendix C.

U.S: 6.8 per 1,000
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
National Vital Statistics Report (2004)