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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 2012 birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 in the District of Columbia was highest in the nation and more than four times the rate in New Hampshire.

Teenage birth rates by State, 2012

 
Births per 1,000 females in age group
State Ages 15-19 Ages 15-17 Ages 18-19
United States
29.4
14.1
51.4
Alabama
39.2
18.4
69.4
Alaska
34.5
12.3
71.2
Arizona
37.4
18.7
66.1
Arkansas
45.7
21.3
82.5
California
26.5
13.2
46.2
Colorado
25.4
12.2
44.2
Connecticut
15.1
7.3
25.7
Delaware
25.0
11.7
41.6
District of Columbia
38.6
29.0
45.0
Florida
28.0
12.4
51.4
Georgia
33.8
16.0
59.3
Hawaii
28.1
11.8
53.5
Idaho
28.3
11.7
53.6
Illinois
27.9
13.6
49.3
Indiana
33.0
15.5
58.5
Iowa
24.1
10.8
41.7
Kansas
34.1
14.5
62.4
Kentucky
41.5
18.1
75.4
Louisiana
43.1
19.5
77.8
Maine
19.4
7.2
36.1
Maryland
22.1
10.5
38.6
Massachusetts
14.1
6.8
22.5
Michigan
26.3
11.9
47.2
Minnesota
18.5
8.4
33.0
Mississippi
46.1
22.1
80.1
Missouri
32.2
13.9
58.9
Montana
28.8
12.6
51.9
Nebraska
26.8
12.6
46.0
Nevada
33.4
15.0
65.8
New Hampshire
13.8
6.2
23.6
New Jersey
16.7
7.7
31.0
New Mexico
74.5
24.1
82.7
New York
19.7
9.5
33.5
North Carolina
31.8
15.4
54.5
North Dakota
26.5
12.1
43.2
Ohio
29.8
13.2
54.0
Oklahoma
47.3
22.8
83.1
Oregon
23.8
11.1
42.9
Pennsylvania
23.7
12.1
38.6
Rhode Island
19.9
10.9
29.1
South Carolina
36.6
17.2
62.5
South Dakota
33.3
16.4
56.4
Tennessee
38.5
17.5
70.3
Texas
44.4
23.4
76.6
Utah
23.3
10.3
42.8
Vermont
16.3
7.4
25.8
Virginia
22.9
10.2
40.0
Washington
23.4
10.7
42.7
West Virginia
44.1
20.1
48.8
Wisconsin
21.9
10.3
37.8
Wyoming
34.7
13.3
65.4
Puerto Rico
48.8
27.9
79.3
Virgin Islands
42.8
15.7
83.5
Guam
54.7
23.5
101.7
American Samoa
39.7
19.7
65.2
Northern Marianas
37.9
**
63.7
** Too few cases to calculate a reliable rate.

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  • The U.S. birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 fell 49% between 2000 and 2012.
  • 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.
  • During this period, the birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 declined in every state. The states with the largest relative decline include Delaware (down 62%), Florida (down 58%), and Colorado, Connecticut and Georgia (down 57% each).

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