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Infant death rates in King County were related to neighborhood poverty. 

If a baby dies before his or her first birthday, that death is counted as an infant death. The number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births is known as the infant mortality rate, and is widely regarded as an indicator of the overall health of a community.

In 2010, the infant mortality rate for King County was 4.2 deaths per 1,000 live births. Averaging 5 years of data to make demographic comparisons, the 2006-2010 rate was 4.1 per 1,000.

  • Infant death rates varied by the percentage of neighborhood households living below the federal poverty threshold.
  • Infants in high- and medium-poverty neighborhoods were more likely than infants in low-poverty neighborhoods to die in the 1st year of life.