What does this indicator measure?
This measure represents the death rate per 1,000 live births among infants prior to their first birthday.
Why is this indicator important?
Approximately 25,000 infants die each year in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The infant mortality rate is often used as an indicator to measure the health and well-being of a nation, because factors affecting the health of entire populations can also impact the mortality rate of infants.
About the data
Healthy People 2020
Maternal, Fetal & Infant Health
Indiana State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics