Alaska’s fertility rate of 69.3 births per 1,000 women ages 15-44 ranks 3rd among states in the U.S. and is higher than the national fertility rate of 60.1. Alaska’s teen birth rate is over 10% higher than the national rate, but its cesarean and low birthweight rates are the lowest of all 50 states. Alaska’s infant mortality rate is slightly higher than the national rate. Alaska has the 3rd highest suicide rate in the country, the 4th highest death rate from chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, and the 6th highest firearm fatality rate, but the drug overdose death rate in Alaska is nearly 35% lower than the national rate. Cancer is the leading cause of death in Alaska, followed by: (2) Heart Disease (3) Accidents (4) Chronic Lung Disease (5) Stroke (6) Suicide (7) Alzheimer Disease (8) Diabetes (9) Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis, and (10) Influenza/Pneumonia. The marriage rate in Alaska of 6.7 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