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Differences in the infant mortality rates among industrialized nations reflect disparities in the health status of women before and during pregnancy, as well as the quality and accessibility of primary care for pregnant women and their infants. Although the U.S. has greatly reduced its infant mortality rate since 1965, the nation ranked 27th among industrialized nations in 2000.

The graph comparing international infant mortality rates includes countries, territories, cities, or geographic areas with a population of at least 1 million that have complete counts of live births and infant deaths. In 2000, four of these jurisdictions had infant mortality rates less than half that of the U.S.

Graph: International Infant Mortality Rates[d]