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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 2012 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, 1980-2012

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 2012, birth rates among 15–17-year-old Asian/Pacific Islander teens declined 75%, and 74% for black teens, compared with declines of: 67% for American Indian teens, 63% for Hispanic teens, and 57% for white teens.
  • Birth rates in 2012 were higher for teens of Hispanic ethnicity (25 per 1,000) and black teenagers (22) than American Indian teenagers (17), whites (13) and Asian/Pacific Islanders (4).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01302.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on August 01, 2014.

Data Source: Martin, J.A., Hamilton, B.E., et al. Births: Final Data for 2012. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 62, No. 09. [PDF]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2013.

 

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