Infant Mortality
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Infant Mortality Rate
Arkansas County3.5
Ashley County7.6
Baxter County6.6
Benton County6.6
Boone County6.0
Bradley County12.1
Calhoun County4.7
Carroll County8.2
Chicot County9.7
Clark County5.9
Clay County3.5
Cleburne County9.5
Cleveland County5.1
Columbia County7.6
Conway County8.3
Craighead County8.5
Crawford County5.5
Crittenden County6.6
Cross County11.2
Dallas County8.3
Desha County7.7
Drew County12.4
Faulkner County6.7
Franklin County7.3
Fulton County7.0
Garland County7.0
Grant County2.2
Greene County8.1
Hempstead County4.5
Hot Spring County7.3
Howard County5.5
Independence County8.2
Izard County13.8
Jackson County8.2
Jefferson County9.5
Johnson County5.7
Lafayette County2.7
Lawrence County13.6
Lee County2.1
Lincoln County7.0
Little River County2.8
Logan County12.0
Lonoke County8.6
Madison County10.8
Marion County7.7
Miller County7.7
Mississippi County5.7
Monroe County10.3
Montgomery County2.3
Nevada County6.2
Newton County5.2
Ouachita County5.9
Perry County9.0
Phillips County13.1
Pike County7.2
Poinsett County9.5
Polk County3.5
Pope County5.0
Prairie County4.6
Pulaski County8.3
Randolph County9.7
Saline County6.6
Scott County4.9
Searcy County10.3
Sebastian County6.8
Sevier County8.8
Sharp County5.5
St. Francis County11.5
Stone County19.4
Union County7.0
Van Buren County5.2
Washington County7.0
White County12.1
Woodruff County5.1
Yell County9.1

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Number of Infant Deaths
Arkansas County4
Ashley County9
Baxter County12
Benton County120
Boone County13
Bradley County8
Calhoun County1
Carroll County13
Chicot County6
Clark County7
Clay County3
Cleburne County11
Cleveland County2
Columbia County11
Conway County10
Craighead County64
Crawford County21
Crittenden County25
Cross County12
Dallas County3
Desha County6
Drew County15
Faulkner County51
Franklin County7
Fulton County4
Garland County38
Grant County2
Greene County23
Hempstead County7
Hot Spring County13
Howard County5
Independence County19
Izard County8
Jackson County8
Jefferson County41
Johnson County10
Lafayette County1
Lawrence County13
Lee County1
Lincoln County4
Little River County2
Logan County16
Lonoke County40
Madison County11
Marion County6
Miller County22
Mississippi County18
Monroe County5
Montgomery County1
Nevada County3
Newton County2
Ouachita County8
Perry County5
Phillips County19
Pike County4
Poinsett County15
Polk County4
Pope County20
Prairie County2
Pulaski County223
Randolph County11
Saline County44
Scott County3
Searcy County4
Sebastian County57
Sevier County11
Sharp County5
St. Francis County19
Stone County12
Union County18
Van Buren County4
Washington County111
White County57
Woodruff County2
Yell County12

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







What does this measure?

The number of deaths per 1,000 live births per year for infants under the age of one year, averaged over five years.

Why is this important?

Infant mortality is considered an indicator of maternal health and the overall health of a community. It is also a marker of the availability and use of quality health care for pregnant women and infants.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2018, the five-year average infant mortality rate was 7.6 per 1,000 live births, down 9% from 2003. This makes Arkansas 49th in the nation (based on 2017 data, the latest nationally available). Infant mortality was particularly high among black or African American infants at 11, compared to 5.2 for Hispanics, 6.6 for whites and 7.3 for Asian or Pacific Islanders.

Within the state, five-year infant mortality averages were lowest in Lee County, at 2.1, and highest in Stone County, at 19.4 per 1,000 live births.

Notes about the data

National data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); state- and county-level data and breakouts by race and ethnicity are from state departments of health. The CDC and Arkansas identify individuals by their race (white, black, etc.) separately from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group. Rates for events as rare as infant deaths can be volatile especially in smaller geographies like counties, making it difficult or impossible to discern trends.

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Infant Mortality Rate

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Number of Infant Deaths

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Infant Mortality Rate by Race/Ethnicity
All RacesAsian or Pacific IslanderBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative AmericanNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Deaths under 1
All RacesAsian or Pacific IslanderBlack or African AmericanHispanicNative AmericanNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable