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Infant mortality rates were highest in King County’s South Region.

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.     

  • South Region infants were more likely than East Region infants to die in the first year of life.
  • South Region’s infant mortality rate is not greater than Washington State or national rates.
    • The 2010 rate for Washington State was 4.5 per 1,000 (data not shown).
    • The 2009 rate for the United States was 6.4 per 1,000 (data not shown).