What does this measure?
The number of deaths among infants under age 1 per year per 1,000 live births.
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 Dutchess County performing?
In 2014, the infant mortality rate in Dutchess was 5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births, slightly above the regional (5.4) and statewide (excluding NYC) rate (5.1). Dutchess' rate has fluctuated between 3.0 and a high of 7.3 in 2010. Among the region, Dutchess' rate in 2014 was slightly below neighboring Orange (5.8) and above Ulster (3.9).
Notes about the data
Rates based upon small numbers in some of the geographies can vary widely, making it difficult to distinguish true changes from random fluctuations. National data for this indicator was not available at time of release.