Child death rate, 5-yr averages in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The child and teen death rate reflects a broad array of factors: physical and mental health; access to health care; community factors; use of safety practices and the level of adult supervision. Accidents, primarily those involving motor vehicles, are the leading cause of death for children and youth.

What the data shows

At a national level, Casey Foundation notes that the data is moving in the right direction.
Casey Foundation National Child and Teen Mortality Rates Moving in Right Direction
and  KIDS COUNT Child Death Rate   By way of national rankings, 3 states were not ranked, but Maine tied for first among those states that were ranked for the lowest child death rates.

In Maine, both 2014-2018 and 2015-2019 had child average annual death rates of 1.4 per 10,000 children. These are  the lowest child death rates since at least 1993-1997.

For the latest 5-year period, 2015-2019, Piscataquis, Lincoln, Hancock and Cumberland all had rates below 1 child per 10,000 children. Franklin, Aroostook and Penobscot had the highest child death rates for ages 0 -14 at 2.4, 2/3 and 2.1 per 10,000 children respectively.  
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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
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Definitions: The rate of deaths from all causes to children ages 1-14. The rate is per 10,000 children ages 1-14. The data are reported by the child's place of residence, not the place of death. The year 2019 represents data for the period 2015-2019, as these are 5-year averages..

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics.

Updated December 2020

Footnotes: LNE (Low number event): Data has been suppressed to preserve confidentiality, 

Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2019 represents the average of data from 2015-2019, 2018 represents the average of data from 2014-2018, etc.