US infant mortality rate, state by state

Although infant mortality has declined nationwide in recent years, the rate varies across states and is highest in the Midwest and South, according to a CDC report.

From 2005-15, infant mortality in the U.S. declined 14 percent, falling from 6.86 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015.

The report gathered data from the National Vital Statistics System, which included birth and death certificates from 2013-15 for infants under one year old.

U.S. infant mortality rates ranged from 9.08 deaths per 1,000 infants born alive in Mississippi — the state with the highest rate — to 4.28 deaths per 1,000 live births in Massachusetts — the state with the lowest rate.

Here is the U.S. infant mortality rate for each state, measured by deaths per 1,000 live births from 2013-15 and listed alphabetically.

Alabama - 8.52           

Alaska - 6.45  

Arizona - 5.61

Arkansas - 7.63          

California - 4.5           

Colorado - 4.85          

Connecticut - 5.09     

Delaware - 7.43          

District of Columbia - 7.65    

Florida - 6.16 

Georgia - 7.44

Hawaii - 5.5   

Idaho - 5.21   

Illinois - 6.18  

Indiana - 7.21 

Iowa - 4.41     

Kansas - 6.21 

Kentucky - 6.74         

Louisiana - 7.92         

Maine - 6.78   

Maryland - 6.57         

Massachusetts - 4.28  

Michigan - 6.68          

Minnesota - 5.09        

Mississippi - 9.08       

Missouri - 6.38           

Montana - 5.72           

Nebraska - 5.33          

Nevada - 5.34

New Hampshire - 4.69           

New Jersey - 4.53      

New Mexico - 5.2      

New York - 4.72

North Carolina - 7.16 

North Dakota - 6.1     

Ohio - 7.13

Oklahoma - 7.42        

Oregon - 5.06 

Pennsylvania - 6.23    

Rhode Island - 5.61   

South Carolina - 6.74 

South Dakota - 6.48   

Tennessee - 6.87         

Texas - 5.79    

Utah - 5.04     

Vermont - 4.5 

Virginia - 5.91

Washington - 4.63      

West Virginia - 7.22   

Wisconsin - 5.92        

Wyoming - 5.37         

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