Health and Wellness / Infant Health


Infant Health

Infant health is often a leading indicator of not only children’s overall health, but also of a community’s health.1 One measure of infant health in a community is the infant mortality rate. Infant mortality rate refers to the  number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

The data dashboard below shows current and recent trend data for infant mortality in Forsyth County.

Dashboard: Infant Mortality Rate

Rates of Infant Mortality Remains Fairly Stable

  • The difference between the 2017 Forsyth County rate and Forsyth County’s rate in all other years is not statistically significant.

Disparities Present in Infant Mortality Rates by Race/Ethnicity


  • In 2017, African American residents had the highest infant mortality rates among all demographics in Forsyth County.
  • The difference between African American residents and White, non-Hispanic residents is significant, while the difference between African American residents and Hispanic/Latino residents is not.

Forsyth County Rate of Infant Mortality Higher than Majority of Peers

  • Forsyth County’s rate of infant mortality is higher compared to the State and Durham County.
Notes on Data

If you are interested in using data from this report for more rigorous purposes, please contact for a consultation on how best to proceed.

Literature References
  1. Kim, D., Saada, A. (2013). The Social Determinants of infant Mortality and Birth Outcomes in Western Developed Nations: A Cross-Country Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 10:2296-2335.
Data Sources

NC Department of Health & Human Services State Center for Health Statistics, North Carolina Infant Mortality Report, Table 1 North Carolina Resident Infant Death Rates (per 1,000 live births). Retrieved from: