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Number of births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years.

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Teen Birth Rate

United States Teen Birth Rate (1993-2014) see more
  • Number of births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years.
Ranking Value State
1 13.8 New Hampshire
2 14.1 Massachusetts
3 15.1 Connecticut
4 16.3 Vermont
5 16.7 New Jersey
6 18.5 Minnesota
7 19.4 Maine
8 19.7 New York
9 19.9 Rhode Island
10 21.9 Wisconsin
11 22.1 Maryland
12 22.9 Virginia
13 23.3 Utah
14 23.4 Washington
15 23.7 Pennsylvania
16 23.8 Oregon
17 24.1 Iowa
18 25 Delaware
19 25.4 Colorado
20 26.3 Michigan
21 26.5 California
21 26.5 North Dakota
23 26.8 Nebraska
24 27.9 Illinois
25 28 Florida
26 28.1 Hawaii
27 28.3 Idaho
28 28.8 Montana
29 29.8 Ohio
30 31.8 North Carolina
31 32.2 Missouri
32 33 Indiana
33 33.3 South Dakota
34 33.4 Nevada
35 33.8 Georgia
36 34.1 Kansas
37 34.5 Alaska
38 34.7 Wyoming
39 36.6 South Carolina
40 37.4 Arizona
41 38.5 Tennessee
42 39.2 Alabama
43 41.5 Kentucky
44 43.1 Louisiana
45 44.1 West Virginia
46 44.4 Texas
47 45.7 Arkansas
48 46.1 Mississippi
49 47.3 Oklahoma
50 47.5 New Mexico

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Overview

Teen Birth Rate is the number of births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years. The 2014 ranks are based on 2012 birth certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System, CDC. 

Teen birth rates are lowest in New Hampshire at 13.8 births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years and highest in Oklahoma and New Mexico at over 47 births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years. The national rate is 29.4 births per 1,000 mothers aged 15 to 19 years.

 

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 childbearing 2011.

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