Infant, Neonatal, and Maternal Mortality Rates by Race: 1970 to 2004

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 108):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 101 rows and 9 columns.

Deaths per 1,000 live births, except as noted. Excludes deaths of nonresidents of U.S. Infant and maternal deaths are based on race of the decedent. For infant and neonatal mortality rates live births are based on race of parents through 1979 and based on race of mother beginning 1980. See also Appendix III


  1. Infant (under 1 year of age), neonatal (under 28 days), early neonatal (under 7 days), and
    postneonatal (28 days-11 months).
  2. Number of fetal deaths of 20 weeks or more gestation per 1,000 live births plus fetal deaths.
  3. Number of fetal deaths of 28 weeks or more gestation (late fetal deaths) per 1,000 live births plus late fetal deaths.
  4. Number of late fetal deaths plus infant deaths within 7 days of birth per 1,000 live births plus late
    fetal deaths.
  5. Per 100,000 live births from deliveries and complications of
    pregnancy, childbirth, and the puerperium. Beginning 1999, deaths are
    classified according to the tenth revision of the International
    Classification of Diseases; earlier years classified according to the
    revision in use at the time; see text, section 2.
  6. Increase partially reflects the use of a separate item on the death certificate on
    pregnancy status by an increasing number of States.
  7. Infant deaths, live births, and fetal deaths are tabulated by race
    of child.
  8. Infant deaths are tabulated by race of decedent; fetal deaths and
    live births are tabulated by race of mother.


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This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.