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 Ulster County performing?
IThe infant mortality rate in Ulster was 3.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, below the statewide (excluding NYC) rate of 5.1 in 2014. In 2014, Ulster reported a lower rate of infant deaths in the region than neighboring Dutchess (5.6) and Orange (5.8). The rate in Ulster has fluctuated widely since 2000, ranging from 2.8 to 10.7, a reflection of the low number of deaths making rates less stable.
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.