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Infant Mortality in North Carolina

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Infant mortality is the death of a baby before its first birthday.

The infant mortality rate is the number of infants who die, for every 1,000 live births, within a given time frame.

Although North Carolina's infant mortality has decreased dramatically in recent years, it continues to exceed the national average. In 2013, 832 North Carolina babies died before their first birthday - a statewide rate of 7.0 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. However significant ethnic, racial and geographic variation exists in the state.

In North Carolina in 2013:

  • 118,983 babies were born alive
  • 7 babies died for every 1,000 born alive
  • 5.5 white babies died for every 1,000 live births
  • 3.7 Latino babies dies for every 1,000 live births
  • 12.5 African American non-Hispanic babies died for every 1,000 live births
  • 832 babies died in North Carolina
  • The U.S. infant mortality rate is 6 deaths for every 1,000 babies born alive

The infant death rate in North Carolina has decreased 44 percent, from 12.6 deaths per 1,000 live births, since 1988 when the state's rate was among the worst in the country.


For more details, visit the Opens in new windowNorth Carolina State Center for Health Statistics " 2013 Infant Mortality Statistics for North Carolina."

Opens in new windowCounty-by-county listing of final infant death rates for 2013

Opens in new windowSudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID) by Listed Cause of Death, 2000-2013

Opens in new windowInfant deaths and rates by race, North Carolina 2009-2013

Opens in new windowInfant deaths by cause of death 2013

Opens in new windowRisk factors and characteristics for 2013 North Carolina resident live births

To compare the data from North Carolina to that of other states, as well as access maternal and infant health data from cities, counties and states across the U.S., visit
Opens in new windowthe March of Dimes Peristats Web site.

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Last updated: October 2014


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