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Infant Mortality Rates by Selected Racial/Ethnic Populations, United States, 2002

Infant mortality rates in the US have been slowly improving and as of 2002 stand at 7 deaths per 1,000 births.

The troubling thing is that the infant mortality rate for black babies is more than twice the rate for white babies, 13.9 per 1,000 as compared to 5.8 per 1,000. This probably is related to poverty which influences maternal health and other factors in significant ways.

Birth_rate_by_race

Link: QuickStats: Infant Mortality Rates*, by Selected Racial/Ethnic Populations --- United States, 2002.

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