Children & Youth

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Source: New York State Department of Health

What does this measure?

The number of deaths among infants under age 1 per year per 1,000 live births, averaged over three years.

Why is this important?

Infant mortality reflects the overall health status of a population and indirectly is a measure of the effectiveness and availability of quality health care, particularly prenatal care.

How is our region performing?

In 2015-17, the infant mortality rate was 6.7 per 1,000 live births, higher than the statewide rate of 4.5. The region's rate was down from a recent high of 7.1 in 2006-08 but has exceeded state rates since 2006-08. Infant mortality was lower in the counties surrounding Monroe; as a group, their rate was 5 in 2015-17. The infant mortality rate was highest in the City of Rochester at 12.2 in 2015-17.

Notes about the data

Rates are averaged over three years because some geographies or groups have small numbers, making it difficult to distinguish true changes from random fluctuations.

Infant Mortality
2000-022003-052006-082009-112012-142015-17
United States6.96.86.76.25.95.9
NYS6.05.95.55.14.84.5
NYS (excluding NYC)6.15.95.75.65.35.0
Region6.95.97.16.76.06.7
Monroe7.36.27.77.46.57.7
Surrounding Counties6.05.46.05.35.15.0
Genesee4.44.66.17.95.04.1
Livingston6.63.26.02.94.51.9
Ontario6.43.66.86.84.14.0
Orleans6.13.74.56.28.17.9
Seneca6.37.45.38.63.55.7
Wayne5.17.26.42.95.27.4
Wyoming6.94.75.83.36.92.7
Yates9.313.15.54.15.55.3
Rochester13.812.29.512.2
Batavia8.57.01.87.6
Canandaigua5.68.78.97.0
Geneva11.56.64.12.1

Source: New York State Department of Health
Notes: Rates are number of deaths of infants under 1 year per 1,000 live births.




Number of Infant Deaths
2000-022003-052006-082009-112012-142015-17
United States83,45484,23985,73774,98170,31168,956
NYS4,5734,4324,1313,7253,4193,154
NYS (excluding NYC)2,4532,3182,2112,0741,9281,767
Region294243293266234253
Monroe200162202190163186
Surrounding Counties948191767167
Genesee99121597
Livingston13611573
Ontario221223211312
Orleans95681010
Seneca7861046
Wayne17242191521
Wyoming967483
Yates8115455
Rochester14512494109
Batavia5414
Canandaigua2332
Geneva6321

Source: New York State Department of Health











Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS


INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


Worse than NYS by 10% or more
Up to 10% worse than NYS
Equal to or better than NYS





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