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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Teen Mothers
Q: How do States vary in their birth rates for mothers ages 15-17?
A: The 2010 birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 in the District of Columbia was highest in the nation and nearly six times greater than the rate in New Hampshire.
2010 teenage births per 1,000 females ages 15-17

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  • The U.S. birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 fell 37% between 2000 and 2010.
  • During this period, the birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 declined in every state except North Dakota (up 7%). The states with the largest relative decline include Connecticut (down 50%), followed by Delaware, Florida, and Hawaii (48% each); 13 other states (including the District of Columbia) experienced declines of 40% or more during this period.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01304.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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