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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Teen Mothers
Q: Have changes in teen birth rates differed by race?
A: The decline in birth rates between 1991 and 2010 was greater among Asian/Pacific Islander and black teens ages 15–17 than for teens of other race/ethnicity subgroups.
Births per 1,000 females ages 15-17 by race/ethnicity, 1980-2010

Note: Race rates include persons of Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin can be of any race; however, most are white.

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  • Between 1991 and 2010, birth rates among 15–17-year-old Asian/Pacific Islander teens declined 68% and 67% for black teens, compared with declines of: 61% for American Indian teens, 53% for Hispanic teens, and 48% for white teens.
  • Birth rates in 2010 were higher for teens of Hispanic ethnicity (32 per 1,000) and black teenagers (27) than American Indian teenagers (20), whites (16) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (5).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01302.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. [PDF]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2012.

 

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