Alabama’s fertility rate of 59.1 births per 1,000 women ages 15-44 ranks 22nd among states in the U.S. and is lower than the national fertility rate of 60.1. Alabama ranks 10th in teen birth rates, 6th in births to unmarried mothers, and 3rd in low birthweight and preterm births. The infant mortality rate in Alabama is 7 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, tied for 7th highest in the U.S. Alabama has the 2nd highest firearm death rate in the nation – 21.8 firearm deaths per 100,000 – and the 3rd highest homicide rate at 12.2 homicides per 100,000. However, Alabama’s death rate from drug overdoses ranks 32nd among states and is nearly 25% lower than the national overdose death rate. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in Alabama, followed by: (2) Cancer (3) Chronic Lung Disease (4) Stroke (5) Accidents (6) Alzheimer Disease (7) Influenza/Pneumonia (8) Diabetes (9) Kidney Disease, and (10) Septicemia. The marriage rate in Alabama of 6.8 marriages per 1,000 is slightly higher than the national rate, and the divorce rate in the state of 3.7 divorces per 1,000 is over 24% higher than the rate for the entire United States.
SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System, 2018