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Just the Facts - Key Economic and Social Indicators for New York State

Infant Mortality Rate, 1998

Table 43
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 Alabama 10.2   27 New Mexico 7.2
2 Mississippi 10.1   28 Wisconsin 7.2
3 Delaware 9.6   29 Wyoming 7.2
4 South Carolina 9.6   30 Pennsylvania 7.1
5 North Carolina 9.3   31 Connecticut 7.0
6 Louisiana 9.1   32 Kansas 7.0
7 South Dakota 9.1   33 Nevada 7.0
8 Arkansas 8.9   34 Rhode Island 7.0
9 Maryland 8.6   35 Vermont 7.0
10 North Dakota 8.6   36 Hawaii 6.9
11 Georgia 8.5   37 Colorado 6.7
12 Oklahoma 8.5   38 Iowa 6.6
13 Illinois 8.4   39 New Jersey 6.4
14 Michigan 8.2   40 Texas 6.4
15 Tennessee 8.2   41 Maine 6.3
16 Ohio 8.0   42 NEW YORK 6.3
17 West Virginia 8.0   43 Alaska 5.9
18 Missouri 7.7   44 Minnesota 5.9
19 Virginia 7.7   45 California 5.8
20 Indiana 7.6   46 Washington 5.7
21 Arizona 7.5   47 Utah 5.6
22 Kentucky 7.5   48 Oregon 5.4
23 Montana 7.4   49 Massachusetts 5.1
24 Nebraska 7.3   50 New Hampshire 4.4
25 Florida 7.2   U.S. total 7.2
26 Idaho 7.2   N.Y.S. % below avg.
12.5%
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
New York has reduced its infant mortality rate in recent years, but still has a relatively high proportion of infants with low birthweight.