Infant Mortality Rates for Mothers of Different Age, Education and Race, 1983-2002 (See Comments at the bottom of the Table)
19851 19901 19952 20002 20012 20022
Less than 12 years of education Infant deaths per 1,000 live births
All mothers....... 14.3 10.8 8.9 7.9 7.6 7.9
White......... 12.2 9.0 7.6 6.8 6.5 6.7
Black or African American...... 21.5 19.5 17.0 14.7 14.0 15.6
American Indian or Alaska Native......... 17.3 14.3 12.7 10.1 12.9 8.6
Asian or Pacific Islander4...... 8.0 6.6 5.7 5.9 5.5 4.5
Hispanic or Latino5,6...... 10.4 7.3 6.0 5.4 5.1 5.3
Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White6........ 12.5 10.9 9.9 9.2 9.0 9.4
  Black or African American6.... 21.6 19.7 17.3 15.0 14.3 15.9
12 years of education
All mothers...... 9.9 8.8 7.8 7.3 7.3 7.6
White....... 8.5 7.1 6.4 6.0 6.0 6.3
Black or African American................. 17.6 16.0 14.7 13.3 12.9 13.6
American Indian or Alaska Native.......... 10.9 13.4 7.9 7.8 9.6 8.8
Asian or Pacific Islander4................ 8.0 7.5 5.5 5.0 5.9 5.3
Hispanic or Latino5,6..................... 9.1 7.0 5.9 5.0 5.1 5.4
Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White6.................................. 8.2 7.1 6.5 6.3 6.2 6.7
  Black or African American6.............. 18.3 16.1 14.8 13.5 13.1 13.7
13 years or more of education
All mothers............................... 7.7 6.4 5.4 5.0 5.1 5.0
White..................................... 6.6 5.4 4.7 4.2 4.3 4.2
Black or African American................. 15.8 13.7 11.9 11.4 11.7 11.1
American Indian or Alaska Native.......... *8.5 6.8 5.9 6.7 6.7 7.3
Asian or Pacific Islander4................ 6.2 5.1 4.4 3.9 3.7 4.0
Hispanic or Latino5,6..................... 6.4 5.7 5.0 4.5 4.6 4.5
Not Hispanic or Latino:
  White6.................................. 6.6 5.4 4.6 4.2 4.3 4.2
  Black or African American6.............. 15.1 13.7 12.0 11.5 11.8 11.2
*Estimates are considered unreliable. Rates preceded by * are based on <50 deaths
Rates not shown are based on fewer than 20 deaths. Superscript notes see original report.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics,
National Vital Statistics System, Linked Birth/Infant Death Data Set.
Health, US, 2005. For update, Go to www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.
MWSearch Commnets: It is clear the infant mortality rate is not improving and in some instances the rate is going up in the new century. This is alarming. There are possibly a number of reasons to look into. Your comments are welcome on this topic.