Infant Mortality Rate By County (2007 to 2013)

Today’s map of the day shows the infant mortality rate by county for years 2007 to 2013. The infant mortality rate (IMR) represents the number of deaths of children under one year of age per 1,000 live births. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the five common causes of infant mortality in the United States include: birth defects, premature birth and ¬†low birth weight, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), pregnancy complications and accidents. From the map we can see some states have counties with rates as high as 9 – 23 indicated by the darker shading.