NC Child published a report in 2016 that examines the link between infant mortality and closing the health insurance coverage gap. This report builds on that and includes lesser-known data about fetal mortality, which is defined as the death of a fetus occurring at 20 or more weeks of gestation. In 2016, nearly as many fetal deaths (818) as infant deaths (873) occurred in North Carolina.

SOURCE: NC Department of Health and Human Services State Center for Health Statistics, Division of Public Health. Vital Statistics: Infant Mortality Rates, Fetal Mortality Rates. Available from http://www.schs.state.nc.us/data/vital/volume1/2016/

*Fetal mortality rate per 1,000 live births + fetal deaths; infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births

County Fetal Death Rate Infant Death Rate
Alamance 7.2 8.8
Alexander 5 6.2
Alleghany 10.3 2.1
Anson 17.4 13.7
Ashe 2.6 7
Avery 11.2 8.5
Beaufort 10.1 11.9
Bertie 14.4 15.8
Bladen 10 10.7
Brunswick 6 6.4
Buncombe 6.4 6.4
Burke 6.3 6.4
Cabarrus 7.8 5.7
Caldwell 5.4 8.2
Camden 0 0
Carteret 5 7.3
Caswell 6.8 3.9
Catawba 6.4 6
Chatham 4.5 10.9
Cherokee 8 8.1
Chowan 8.3 7
Clay 4.6 4.6
Cleveland 8.7 8.8
Columbus 9.7 9.4
Craven 4.4 6.9
Cumberland 8.7 9.3
Currituck 4 4.8
Dare 2.9 4
Davidson 6.4 8.1
Davie 3.6 5.1
Duplin 7.7 8.3
Durham 7.1 7
Edgecombe 13 10.3
Forsyth 6.4 8.3
Franklin 7.5 8.5
Gaston 5.5 7.8
Gates 9.1 5.5
Graham 4.6 2.3
Granville 6.8 8.2
Greene 11.3 6.7
Guilford 7.1 8.1
Halifax 9.7 10.8
Harnett 6.9 8.2
Haywood 5.9 8.4
Henderson 6.8 5.6
Hertford 7.7 19
Hoke 4.3 5.6
Hyde 4.3 8.6
Iredell 6.2 7.9
Jackson 5.7 7.8
Johnston 4.5 6.6
Jones 14.9 2.2
Lee 6.8 7.4
Lenoir 7.6 7.6
Lincoln 3.8 4.9
McDowell 7.8 7
Macon 4.6 7
Madison 3.9 7.9
Martin 13.8 5.8
Mecklenburg 6.8 6.2
Mitchell 8.2 1.4
Montgomery 5.1 9.6
Moore 7.3 4.8
Nash 9.9 8.6
New Hanover 4.8 4.2
Northampton 12.8 10.8
Onslow 5.5 7.2
Orange 5.6 4.8
Pamlico 11 13.3
Pasquotank 6.4 6.1
Pender 6.2 7.8
Perquimans 6.3 3.2
Person 13.5 7.4
Pitt 9.2 11.4
Polk 8.3 5.6
Randolph 8.9 7.6
Richmond 7.9 9.1
Robeson 9.1 10.7
Rockingham 8.6 10
Rowan 7.5 7.5
Rutherford 6.5 6.9
Sampson 7.8 5.9
Scotland 9.3 9.8
Stanly 7.1 7.2
Stokes 5 6.1
Surry 5.6 5.6
Swain 8 7.1
Transylvania 5.1 5.2
Tyrrell 4.7 9.4
Union 7.1 5.3
Vance 5.7 7.5
Wake 5.8 5.6
Warren 6.5 10.9
Washington 15.7 8
Watauga 6.1 3.9
Wayne 8 6.4
Wilkes 5.8 9
Wilson 9.2 9.5
Yadkin 5.7 7.8
Yancey 7.1 3.6