Friday, August 31, 2012

Teen birth rate falls to historic low

Despite the popularity of MTV’s hit show ‘16 and Pregnant’ the teen birth rate in the United States is at an all-time low.

Of the nearly 4 million babies born in the United States in 2010 (the most recent full year of data available), fewer than 375,000 were to mothers under the age of 20...

  • Highest teen birth rate in Mississippi (55 births per 1,000 women age 15-19)
  • Lowest rate in New Hampshire (15.7 per 1,000)
  • Pregnancy, abortion, and fetal death rate also fell, suggesting contraceptive use is to credit for the decline in births
  • National rate in 2010 (17.3) is less than half the teen birth rate in 1991 (38.6) for mothers age 15-17

Data source: "Births: Final Data for 2010." August 2012. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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