Infant Mortality
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Infant Mortality Rate
Arkansas County6.4
Ashley County7.1
Baxter County7.3
Benton County5.8
Boone County6.1
Bradley County9.0
Calhoun County4.1
Carroll County9.6
Chicot County6.1
Clark County8.5
Clay County4.7
Cleburne County4.3
Cleveland County0.0
Columbia County6.2
Conway County4.8
Craighead County7.7
Crawford County8.0
Crittenden County3.8
Cross County8.1
Dallas County7.9
Desha County4.9
Drew County9.2
Faulkner County7.4
Franklin County8.2
Fulton County3.6
Garland County6.2
Grant County4.1
Greene County8.5
Hempstead County3.1
Hot Spring County6.9
Howard County5.4
Independence County6.9
Izard County8.8
Jackson County8.0
Jefferson County9.6
Johnson County4.5
Lafayette County8.3
Lawrence County13.6
Lee County3.9
Lincoln County11.2
Little River County1.4
Logan County11.3
Lonoke County6.3
Madison County5.9
Marion County8.8
Miller County3.7
Mississippi County7.8
Monroe County6.4
Montgomery County7.1
Nevada County7.6
Newton County5.4
Ouachita County6.3
Perry County7.4
Phillips County8.5
Pike County9.1
Poinsett County8.3
Polk County2.5
Pope County5.0
Prairie County4.6
Pulaski County8.0
Randolph County5.8
Saline County7.6
Scott County3.4
Searcy County7.5
Sebastian County6.1
Sevier County4.5
Sharp County6.3
St. Francis County7.0
Stone County14.7
Union County10.2
Van Buren County6.3
Washington County6.7
White County11.4
Woodruff County5.4
Yell County10.1

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Number of Infant Deaths
Arkansas County8
Ashley County9
Baxter County13
Benton County101
Boone County14
Bradley County6
Calhoun County1
Carroll County15
Chicot County4
Clark County10
Clay County4
Cleburne County5
Cleveland County0
Columbia County9
Conway County6
Craighead County57
Crawford County31
Crittenden County15
Cross County9
Dallas County3
Desha County4
Drew County11
Faulkner County57
Franklin County8
Fulton County2
Garland County34
Grant County4
Greene County24
Hempstead County5
Hot Spring County12
Howard County5
Independence County16
Izard County5
Jackson County8
Jefferson County44
Johnson County8
Lafayette County3
Lawrence County13
Lee County2
Lincoln County7
Little River County1
Logan County15
Lonoke County30
Madison County6
Marion County7
Miller County11
Mississippi County25
Monroe County3
Montgomery County3
Nevada County4
Newton County2
Ouachita County9
Perry County4
Phillips County13
Pike County5
Poinsett County13
Polk County3
Pope County20
Prairie County2
Pulaski County218
Randolph County6
Saline County51
Scott County2
Searcy County3
Sebastian County51
Sevier County6
Sharp County6
St. Francis County12
Stone County9
Union County27
Van Buren County5
Washington County107
White County56
Woodruff County2
Yell County14

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







What does this measure?

The number of deaths per 1,000 live births per year for infants under the age of one year, averaged over five years.

Why is this important?

Infant mortality is considered an indicator of maternal health and the overall health of a community. It is also a marker of the availability and use of quality health care for pregnant women and infants.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2016, the five-year average infant mortality rate was 7.0 per 1,000 live births, down 15% from 2003. This makes Arkansas 47th in the nation (based on 2015 data, the latest nationally available). Infant mortality was particularly high among black or African American infants at 9.6, compared to 4.9 for Hispanics, 6.4 for whites and 7.9 for Asian or Pacific Islanders.

Within the state, five-year infant mortality averages were lowest in Little River and Polk counties, at 1.4 and 2.5, respectively, and highest in Lawrence and Stone counties, at 13.6 and 14.7.

Notes about the data

National data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); state- and county-level data and breakouts by race and ethnicity are from state departments of health. The CDC and Arkansas identify individuals by their race (white, black, etc.) separately from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group. Rates for events as rare as infant deaths can be volatile especially in smaller geographies like counties, making it difficult or impossible to discern trends.

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Infant Mortality Rate

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Number of Infant Deaths

Source: Arkansas Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Infant Mortality Rate by Race/Ethnicity
Asian or Pacific IslanderBlackHispanicNative AmericanNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Deaths under 1
Asian or Pacific IslanderBlackHispanicNative AmericanNon-HispanicWhite

Source: Arkansas Department of Health

Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Maintaining
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Charitable Giving Maintaining
Volunteering Decreasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Decreasing
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable