Key facts about infant, child, and teen mortality
From 1980 to 2017, death rates for infants fell from 1,288.3 per 100,000 to 567 per 100,000. Similar trends are evident for child and teen mortality.
Death rates were highest among children under age 1, followed by children ages 15 to 19, 1 to 4, and 5 to 14.
In all age groups, males had higher mortality rates than females. In 2017, males ages 15 to 19 were more than twice as likely as females to die (72.7 versus 29.4 deaths per 100,000).
Reflecting enduring effects of racism, black children consistently had the highest rates of death, while Asian/Pacific Islander children had the lowest rates in all age groups.