Infant mortality

Date 1 September 2017
Date updated 17 November 2020

Infant mortality rate per 1,000 live births (2001-2018)

In 2016-2018, the average number deaths per 1,000 live births was higher in England (3.9) than in London (3.3). 

Infant mortality rates have fallen significantly in both London and England over the last two decades. In 2001-2003 the rate was slightly higher in London than in England overall, with an average of 5.7 deaths per 1,000 live births, while in England this figure was 5.4. In 2009-2011, the infant mortality rates were on average similar (4.4) in both London and England. 

Since 2001-03, the infant mortality rate has fallen further in London (a reduction of 2.4 per 1,000 live births) than in England (a reduction of 1.5 per 1,000 live births).