AL teen birth rates hit historic low

(WTVM) - The teen birth rate in Alabama has reached a historic low.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the number of babies born to teenage mothers in 2011 fell to about 6,700.

State officials say programs targeting high-risk youth, new mothers, abstinence education and programs being run from local health departments, tribal groups and other organizations have likely contributed to the decline.

Here's a breakdown of the numbers over the past few years.

State health officials say babies born to teenage mothers account for about 11 percent of all births in the state.

The 2011 rate is a 58 percent decline from the state's peak in teen births in 1973, and a 32 percent decrease since 2000.

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