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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.

Teenage birth rates by State, 2010

 
Births per 1,000 females in age group
State Ages 15-19 Ages 15-17 Ages 18-19
United States
34.2
17.3
58.2
Alabama
43.6
22.9
71.8
Alaska
38.3
16.3
73.4
Arizona
41.9
22.3
69.8
Arkansas
52.5
24.7
91.4
California
31.5
16.4
53.4
Colorado
33.4
17.7
56.5
Connecticut
18.7
8.4
34.5
Delaware
30.5
16.0
48.9
District of Columbia
45.4
35.7
52.0
Florida
32.0
15.5
55.2
Georgia
41.4
21.2
70.6
Hawaii
32.5
12.9
62.6
Idaho
33.0
15.1
58.9
Illinois
33.0
17.2
56.9
Indiana
37.3
18.4
63.5
Iowa
28.6
13.3
49.0
Kansas
39.3
19.2
67.9
Kentucky
46.2
21.9
80.2
Louisiana
47.7
23.5
81.0
Maine
21.4
8.3
40.3
Maryland
27.3
16.5
47.6
Massachusetts
17.2
9.0
27.4
Michigan
30.1
14.1
52.7
Minnesota
22.5
10.0
41.3
Mississippi
55.0
30.6
88.7
Missouri
37.1
17.0
65.1
Montana
35.0
12.9
67.0
Nebraska
31.1
14.8
54.0
Nevada
38.6
18.9
69.5
New Hampshire
15.7
6.1
29.2
New Jersey
20.1
9.6
37.6
New Mexico
53.0
29.9
86.4
New York
22.7
11.2
38.6
North Carolina
38.3
19.9
63.5
North Dakota
28.8
13.4
46.9
Ohio
34.1
16.0
60.2
Oklahoma
50.4
25.9
83.8
Oregon
28.2
13.3
48.9
Pennsylvania
27.0
14.2
43.8
Rhode Island
22.3
13.7
31.6
South Carolina
42.6
22.3
68.6
South Dakota
34.9
15.9
61.6
Tennessee
43.2
20.3
75.4
Texas
52.2
29.3
86.5
Utah
27.9
14.0
46.4
Vermont
17.9
7.5
30.5
Virginia
27.4
12.5
47.8
Washington
26.7
13.0
46.7
West Virginia
44.8
21.1
75.6
Wisconsin
26.2
11.7
47.2
Wyoming
39.0
17.0
68.9
Puerto Rico
51.4
32.7
79.1
Virgin Islands
50.5
21.9
96.6
Guam
60.1
32.6
103.4
American Samoa
34.1
14.0
69.1
Northern Marianas
53.4
36.7
75.7
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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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