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QuickStats: Birth Rates* for Teens Aged 15--19 Years, by Age Group --- United States, 1985--2007

After increasing 23% overall from 1986 to a peak in 1991 and then decreasing 34% by 2005, the birth rate for teens aged 
15--19 years increased 5% from 2005 to 2007. Most of this increase occurred in 2006. Increases in birth rates from 2005 to 
2007 for teens aged 18--19 years were slightly larger than the increases for teens aged 15--17 years.

* Per 1,000 women for specified age group.

Birth statistics are based on birth certificates filed in state vital statistics offices and reported to the National Center for Health Statistics through the National Vital Statistics System.

After increasing 23% overall from 1986 to a peak in 1991 and then decreasing 34% by 2005, the birth rate for teens aged 15--19 years increased 5% from 2005 to 2007. Most of this increase occurred in 2006. Increases in birth rates from 2005 to 2007 for teens aged 18--19 years were slightly larger than the increases for teens aged 15--17 years.

SOURCE: Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. Births: preliminary data for 2007. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2009;57(12). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr57/nvsr57_12.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 4/2/2009

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