Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
Child death rate, detailed
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Why This Indicator Matters
What the data shows
At a national level, child deaths are down from the rates 1900-2010, but have not changed very much since that time and have been 16 or 17 per 10,000 since 2010. KIDS COUNT Child Death Rate By way of national rankings, in 2021, 3 states were not ranked, but Maine tied for seventeenth among those states that were ranked for the lowest child death rates. Of the four New England states that were ranked, Maine had the highest child death rate.
In Maine, in 2017-2021, the child death rate for ages 1 to 14 was 1.7 per 10,000 children. This is the highest rate since the 5-year period 2010-2014. The previous overlapping years rate for 2016-2020 was 1.4 per 10,000 children.
For the latest 5-year period, 2017-2021, county data was suppressed in 8 counties due to child deaths over the 5-year period being less than 6. For the remaining 8 counties, Cumberland was the only county with a rate below 1 child per 10,000 children. Knox had the highest rate at 4.1, while Oxford was at 2.5 while Somerset and Kennebec were at 2.4 per 10,000 children respectively.
Definition and Source
Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2020 represents the average of data from 2017- 2021 represents the average of data from 2017-2021; 2016-2020, etc. The rate is per 10,000 Maine children ages 1 to 14.
Maine Children's Alliance
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