Infant Mortality
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Infant Mortality Rate
Ashley County9.1
Baxter County5.5
Benton County6.9
Boone County5.7
Carroll County8.2
Clark County8.4
Columbia County8.4
Craighead County7.2
Crawford County6.7
Crittenden County3.9
Drew County10.0
Faulkner County7.3
Garland County6.5
Greene County9.4
Hot Spring County5.6
Independence County6.8
Jefferson County9.9
Lawrence County10.2
Logan County11.4
Lonoke County6.6
Miller County5.1
Mississippi County6.3
Phillips County11.3
Poinsett County8.8
Pope County5.2
Pulaski County8.1
Saline County6.8
Sebastian County6.4
St. Francis County8.2
Stone County20.0
Union County9.9
Washington County7.0
White County12.3
Yell County10.4

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Number of Infant Deaths
Ashley County11
Baxter County10
Benton County122
Boone County13
Carroll County13
Clark County10
Columbia County12
Craighead County53
Crawford County26
Crittenden County15
Drew County12
Faulkner County56
Garland County35
Greene County27
Hot Spring County10
Independence County16
Jefferson County44
Lawrence County10
Logan County15
Lonoke County31
Miller County15
Mississippi County20
Phillips County17
Poinsett County14
Pope County21
Pulaski County218
Saline County45
Sebastian County54
St. Francis County14
Stone County12
Union County26
Washington County112
White County59
Yell County14

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 2017, the five-year average infant mortality rate was 7.3 per 1,000 live births, down 12% from 2003. This makes Arkansas 48th in the nation (based on 2016 data, the latest nationally available). Infant mortality was particularly high among black or African American infants at 10.9, compared to 5.3 for Hispanics, 6.7 for whites and 8.3 for Asian or Pacific Islanders.

Within the state, five-year infant mortality averages were lowest in Crittenden County, at 3.9, and highest in Stone County, at 20 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
Asian or Pacific IslanderBlackHispanicNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Deaths under 1
Asian or Pacific IslanderBlackHispanicNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
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Grade 3 Reading Increasing
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Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
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Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
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