Child death rate

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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  Casey Foundation Nation Child death Rates

In Maine, except for 2014, the state death rate for children ages 1 -14 has been stable at 1.5 per 10,000 youth for the 5 year estimates for the years  2010, 2011, 2015 & 2016. (Data is missing for the years 2012 & 2013.)  Looking back to earlier years the rates after 2009 are lower than between 1997 -2008. 

For the latest year, Aroostook and Piscataquis had the highest child death rates for ages 0 -14 at 2.8 and 2.7 per 10,000 children. For two years in a row, Lincoln County has not recorded any childhood deaths. The county with the next lowest rate was York at 1.2 deaths per 10,000 children. 
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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.

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

Updated May 2018

Footnotes: LNE (Low number event): Data has been surpressed to preserve confidentiality.

Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2016 represents the average of data from 2012-2016, 2015 represents the average of data from 2011-2015, etc.