The child population of the United States is over 82 million. Among this population segment, over 53,000 average children deaths occur annually bringing about a rate of 64.7 children per every 100,000. This is broken down in categories between infants, children 1 to 4 years old, and children 5 to 14 years old.
Of the 4.2 million average infant populations, the mortality rate is 6.8 per every 1,000. The mortality rate for children between the ages of 1 and 4 is 26.5 per every 100,000. For children between 5 and 14, a mortality rate of 12.9 per every 100,000 is seen.
Causes of Death
The main causes of death for children between the age of 1 and 4 are accidents from unintentional injuries and congenital malformation or deformations. For children between 5 and 14, the leading cause of death is unintentional accidents and cancer.
For 0-19 years of age, the mortality rate from natural causes is 44.1 per every 100,000. However unintentional injuries accounted for a risk of 14 children per every 100,000. Homicide and suicide occur in every 6 of 100,000 children.