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Stats of the State of Alaska

Alaska Birth Data 2014 State Rank* U.S.**
Percent of Births to Unmarried Mothers 35.6 37th 40.2¹
Cesarean Delivery Rate 23.7 49th 32.2
Preterm Birth Rate 8.5 40th (tie) 9.6
Teen Birth Rate ‡                27.8 17th 24.2
Low Birthweight Rate 5.9 50th 8.0

¹ Excludes data from U.S. territories
‡Number of live births per 1,000 females aged 15-19


AK Leading Causes of Death, 2014 Deaths Death Rate*** State Rank* U.S. Rate**
1.  Cancer 972 164.2 25th 161.2
2.  Heart Disease 782 146.6 39th 167.0
3.  Accidents 379 55.0 8th   40.5
4.  Chronic Lower Respiratory  Diseases 192 38.8 35th   40.5
5. Suicide 157 32.3 2nd  13.0
6.  Stroke 167 22.1 41st 36.5
7.  Diabetes 113 19.4 31st (tie) 20.9
8.  Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis 84 10.7 20th 10.4
9t.  Influenza/Pneumonia 68 17.2 2nd 15.1
9t.  Alzheimer’s Disease 68 14.1 46th 25.4


Alaska Mortality Data Deaths Rate** U.S. Deaths U.S. Rate***
Firearm Deaths 142 18.8 33390 10.2
Homicide 37 4.7 15809 5.1
Drug Poisoning Deaths 124 16.8 47055 14.7


Other Alaska Data State U.S.
Infant Mortality Rate  (Deaths per 1,000 live births) 6.6 5.8
Percentage of Persons Without Health Insurance 15.5 9.1
Marriage Rate 7.5 6.9†
Divorce Rate 4.0 3.2††


* Rankings are from highest to lowest.
** Rates for the U.S. include the District of Columbia and (for births) U.S. territories.  Refer to notes in publication tables for more detail.
*** Death rates are age-adjusted.  Refer to source notes below for more detail.
†Excludes data for Georgia.
††Excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, and Minnesota.
n/a - Data not available.



Health Insurance data come from Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2015; 2014 birth data come from National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 64, No. 12; leading cause of death data, including firearm, homicide, and drug poisoning mortality data, and infant mortality data come from CDC WONDER and rankings and rates are based on 2014 age-adjusted death rates. For more information on age-adjustment, refer to this report.  States are categorized from highest rate to lowest rate. Although adjusted for variations in age-distribution and population size, differences by state do not take into account other state specific population characteristics that may affect the level of the birth characteristic or mortality. When the number of deaths or births events is small, differences by state may be unreliable due to instability in rates.  When the number of deaths is small, rankings by state may be unreliable due to instability in death rates. Marriage and divorce data come from unpublished tables from the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC.