Explanation of the Indicator
The infant mortality rate represents the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Infant mortality is a critical indicator of the overall health and welfare of a community, as well as the quality and accessibility of prenatal care for women.
In some cases, County-level data are not available from the same data source used by the State. In other cases, County-level data are not available for the same time frame used by the State. In these instances, data sources and time frames were selected that most closely match those of the State. Due to this difference, it must be noted that comparisons may not be completely equivalent in all cases. For this indicator, Ottawa is ranked among 24 counties because infant mortality rates are only calculated at the county-level when there are 6 or more deaths. Michigan's data source is America's Health Rankings.