(May 2007) The infant mortality rate in the United States, although down 10 percent since 1995, has not changed significantly this decade, according to data for 2004 released this month by the National Center for Health Statistics.

The overall rate was 6.78 deaths of infants under 1 year of age per 1,000 live births. Among racial and ethnic groups, the highest rate, 13.60 deaths per 1,000 live births, was for non-Hispanic black mothers. Among states, using an average of rates from 2002 to 2004, Mississippi was highest, at 10.32 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The news release about the statistics and links to detailed tables, can be found at: www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/07newsreleases/infantmortality.htm.

—D’Vera Cohn, PRB Senior Editor