The Department of Health released the official infant mortality rates for 2010, which show across the board decreases in babies dying before their first birthday.
We reported the preliminary rates in September. The official rates show a slightly bigger decrease for the state and region. The state infant mortality rate decreased from 6.9 in 2009 to 6.5 (in 2010) per 1,000 live births. The regional rate for Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties decreased from 7.9 in 2009 to 7.3 in 2010.
The black infant mortality rate — which typically is twice as high as the white rate — is also declining.
2010 Black Infant Moratality Rate, Florida & Northeast Florida
Source: Florida Department of Health