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Teen Birth Rate is the number of births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years. These data are collected by the CDC from birth certificates as part of the National Vital Statistics System. The birth rate for teens can be found here.

Prevention of teen and unplanned pregnancy is an important part of a healthy community. According to the CDC, nearly 330,000 infants were born to 15 to 19 year olds in 2011, a record-low birth rate of 31.1 births per 1,000 women in this age group.[1] Historically, the majority of these births have been unintended in girls younger than 18 years and more than half have been unintended among 18 to 19 year olds.[2] CDC estimates that teen pregnancy and childbirth costs more than $11 billion per year to US taxpayers due to “increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers.”[3] [4] A valuable resource for further information about teen and unplanned pregnancy is available from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Teen birth rates are lowest in New Hampshire at 13.7 births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years and highest in Arkansas and Mississippi at over 50.0 births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years. The national rate is 31.3 births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years.

 



[1] Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. Births: Preliminary data for 2011. National Vital Statistics Reports. 2012;61(5). Table 2.

[2]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vital signs: Teen pregnancy--United States, 1991--2009. MMWR 2011;60(13):414-420.

[3] National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Counting it up: The public costs of teen childbearingExternal Web Site Icon 2011.

[4] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/TeenPregnancy/AboutTeenPreg.htm. Accessed October 09, 2013.

 

USA Teen Birth Rate (1993-2013) see more
  • The number of births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19 years.

The measures tracked by America's Health Rankings are those actions that can affect the future health of the population. For a state to improve the health of its population, efforts must focus on these measures, these determinants of health.

STATE RANKINGS

2011 2011
State Changes Over Time Rank Value Rank Value Take Action
Alabama graph 39 53.0 View Actions
Alaska graph 34 46.8 View Actions
Arizona graph 45 56.2 View Actions
Arkansas graph 47 61.8 View Actions
California graph 22 38.4 View Actions
Colorado graph 29 42.5 View Actions
Connecticut graph 4 22.9 View Actions
Delaware graph 24 40.4 View Actions
Florida graph 30 42.8 View Actions
Georgia graph 38 51.8 View Actions
Hawaii graph 28 42.1 View Actions
Idaho graph 27 41.2 View Actions
Illinois graph 21 38.1 View Actions
Indiana graph 31 43.7 View Actions
Iowa graph 16 33.9 View Actions
Kansas graph 33 45.6 View Actions
Kentucky graph 43 55.6 View Actions
Louisiana graph 42 54.1 View Actions
Maine graph 7 26.1 View Actions
Maryland graph 13 32.8 View Actions
Massachusetts graph 2 20.1 View Actions
Michigan graph 14 33.2 View Actions
Minnesota graph 8 27.2 View Actions
Mississippi graph 50 65.7 View Actions
Missouri graph 32 45.5 View Actions
Montana graph 25 40.7 View Actions
Nebraska graph 19 36.5 View Actions
Nevada graph 41 53.5 View Actions
New Hampshire graph 1 19.8 View Actions
New Jersey graph 5 24.5 View Actions
New Mexico graph 49 64.1 View Actions
New York graph 6 25.2 View Actions
North Carolina graph 37 49.4 View Actions
North Dakota graph 10 28.6 View Actions
Ohio graph 26 41.0 View Actions
Oklahoma graph 46 61.6 View Actions
Oregon graph 20 37.2 View Actions
Pennsylvania graph 12 31.5 View Actions
Rhode Island graph 9 28.5 View Actions
South Carolina graph 40 53.1 View Actions
South Dakota graph 23 40.0 View Actions
Tennessee graph 43 55.6 View Actions
Texas graph 48 63.4 View Actions
Utah graph 18 35.1 View Actions
Vermont graph 3 21.3 View Actions
Virginia graph 15 33.5 View Actions
Washington graph 17 34.6 View Actions
West Virginia graph 35 48.8 View Actions
Wisconsin graph 11 31.3 View Actions
Wyoming graph 36 49.2 View Actions
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