QuickStats: Repeat* Birth Rates for Teens, by Urbanization Level of County§ — National Vital Statistics System, 2007–2016

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The figure above is a line graph showing the number of repeat births per 1,000 females in the United States aged 15–19 years from 2007 to 2016. From 2007 to 2016, the repeat birth rate declined significantly in both rural and urban counties.

* Repeat births are second and higher-order births. Birth order refers to the number of children born alive to the mother. Births recorded with no birth order stated are proportionately distributed across birth order categories.

The number of repeat births to females aged 15–19 years per 1,000 females aged 15–19 years.

§ Urbanization level is based on maternal county of residence. Counties were classified according to their metropolitan status using the National Center for Health Statistics Urban–Rural Classification Scheme. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/urban_rural.htm.

From 2007 to 2016, the rate for repeat births for females aged 15–19 years significantly declined in both rural and urban counties. Repeat birth rates declined 49% in rural counties (from 9.7 in 2007 to 4.9 in 2016) and 60% in urban counties (from 7.7 in 2007 to 3.1 in 2016). However, the rate in rural counties was significantly higher than the rate in urban counties for each year from 2007 through 2016.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Natality, 2007–2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/births.htm.

Reported by: Brady E. Hamilton, PhD, boh5@cdc.gov, 301-458-4653; Danielle M. Ely, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Repeat Birth Rates for Teens, by Urbanization Level of County — National Vital Statistics System, 2007–2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;67:998. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6735a7.

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