||What is the teen birth rate and how has it changed in recent years?
||In 2010, the birth rate for women ages 15–17 was 20 births for every 1,000 females in that age group, 55% below the 1970 rate.
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- The birth rate for older juvenile females (ages 15–17) fell 21% between 1970 and 1986 and then increased over the next 5 years back to its 1970 level.
- The birth rate for young adult females (ages 18 and 19) dropped even more than the rate for older juveniles between 1970 and 1986, falling 31%. Although the rate for young adults also increased through 1991, this increase was well below the 1970 level.
- Since 1991, rates declined for older juvenile females (down 55%) and young adult females (38%). As a result, the birth rate in 2010 for both age groups was well below the their rates in 1970.
- The 2010 birth rate for 15–17-year-olds was about one-third the rate for 18–19-year-olds.
- In 2010, females ages 15–17 accounted for 30% of all births to teen mothers under the age of 20.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01301.asp?qaDate=2010.
Released on December 17, 2012.
Data Source: Martin, J.A., Hamilton, B.E., Ventura, S.J., et al. Births: Final Data for 2010
. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 61, No. 01.
]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2012.
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