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QuickStats: Birth Rates for Females Aged 15–19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States,* 2007 and 2011†

The figure shows birth rates for females aged 15-19 years, by race/ethnicity in the United States during 2007 and 2011. From 2007 to 2011, the birth rate for females aged 15-19 years declined 25%, from 41.5 to 31.3 births per 1,000, the lowest rate ever recorded for the country. Among racial/ethnic groups, declines ranged from 20% to 31% for non-Hispanic white, non- Hispanic black, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander teenagers. The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers fell 34%, from 75.3 to 49.4 births per 1,000, the largest decline of any population group. Despite the declines among all groups, teenage birth rates by race/ethnicity continue to reflect wide disparities.

* U.S. residents only.

Data for 2011 are preliminary.

From 2007 to 2011, the birth rate for females aged 15–19 years declined 25%, from 41.5 to 31.3 births per 1,000, the lowest rate ever recorded for the country. Among racial/ethnic groups, declines ranged from 20% to 31% for non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander teenagers. The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers fell 34%, from 75.3 to 49.4 births per 1,000, the largest decline of any population group. Despite the declines among all groups, teenage birth rates by race/ethnicity continue to reflect wide disparities.

Source: Hamilton BE, Martin JA, Ventura SJ. Births: preliminary data for 2011. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2012; 61(5). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_05.pdf.

Reported by: Brady E. Hamilton, PhD, bhamilton@cdc.gov, 301-458-4653; Stephanie J. Ventura, MA, sventura@cdc.gov.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows birth rates for females aged 15-19 years, by race/ethnicity in the United States during 2007 and 2011. From 2007 to 2011, the birth rate for females aged 15-19 years declined 25%, from 41.5 to 31.3 births per 1,000, the lowest rate ever recorded for the country. Among racial/ethnic groups, declines ranged from 20% to 31% for non-Hispanic white, non- Hispanic black, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander teenagers. The birth rate for Hispanic teenagers fell 34%, from 75.3 to 49.4 births per 1,000, the largest decline of any population group. Despite the declines among all groups, teenage birth rates by race/ethnicity continue to reflect wide disparities.


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