Total infant mortality rates (IMR) have fluctuated over the past six years. The IMR in 2007 is lower than observed in recent years. There were 35 infant deaths, resulting in an IMR of 8.7 per 1,000 infants. It is not possible to infer from this single year's data whether or not this might reflect a trend of improvement in infant mortality rates. The IMR for Black infants continues to be almost twice as high when compared to Whites or Hispanics.
Definition: Infant Mortality Rate is defined as the number of deaths of infants under one year of age per 1,000 live births. In Chatham County, there were 4,012 births to all mothers in 2007. Of this number, there were 35 infant deaths, resulting in an Infant Mortality Rate of 8.7 per 1,000.
Formula: Infant Mortality Rate: ((Total infant deaths / Total infant births) X 1000)