Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
Infant mortality, detailed
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Why This Indicator Matters
What the data shows
According to the National CDC, in 2020, Maine had a higher one-year infant mortality rate than all of the other New England states. 2020 Infant Mortality Rates by State In 2020, Vermont was number 1 in the nation in 2020 with the lowest infant mortality rate. Only 15 states had rates higher than Maine for the 1-year rate.
In terms of trends, infant mortality statewide was lowest for the five-year period ending in 2000 and ending in 2003 at 5.0. Since 2003, infant mortality was increasing, particularly between 2011-2015, when the rate increased each year. However, there is a new trend in a positive direction. For each of the last six 5-year time periods, the state infant mortality rate has gone down. The 2017-2021 rate of 5.6 is the lowest since 2002-2006.
For the most recent 5-year period, 2017-2021, the counties with the highest infant mortality rates were Franklin, Lincoln and Somerset with 5-yr rates of 7.9, 7.5 and 7.0 per 1,000 births respectively. The counties with the lowest rates per 1,000 births, based on 5-year averages for 2017-2021 were Washington, Cumberland and Androscoggin.
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