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 Orange County performing?
In 2014, the infant mortality rate for Orange County was 5.8 per 1,000 live births, compared to 5.4 in the region and 5.1 statewide (excluding NYC). Orange's rate has fluctuated since 2000, with a low of 3.5 in 2006 and high of 8.0 in 2010. The regional rate also fluctuated during this time period, while the state rate declined slightly.
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.