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Nation at a Glance: Declining Teen Birth Rates by State

October 8, 2014

According to a recent National Vital Statistics Report [PDF - 1.6 MB], birth rates for U.S. teenagers fell 57% between 1991 and 2013.  Birth rates declined significantly for teenagers in all states during 1991-2012; during 2007-2012, rates fell for all but two states. The drop in teen birth dates translates into an estimated 4 million fewer births to teenagers from 1992 through 2012.

Teen birth rates vary considerably across states, with nearly a four-fold range from the lowest to the highest rate. Rates are consistently highest across the southern and southwestern United States and lowest in the Northeast. In 2012, rates per 1,000 teenagers aged 15-19 ranged from 13.8 in New Hampshire to 47.5 in New Mexico.

Click on individual states and reporting areas to see teen birth rates for 2012, 2000, and 1991.

NOTES: Birth rates by area shown in the map are based on population estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and, therefore, the rates shown here may differ from rates computed on the basis of other population estimates. Rates for 1991-2009 by state have been revised and may differ from rates previously published.

Source: National Vital Statistics Report, Volume 63, Number 4 [PDF - 1.6 MB], August 20, 2014, "National and State Patterns of Teen Births in the United States, 1940-2013," Table 5. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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