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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Teen Mothers
Q: How do States vary in their birth rates for mothers ages 15-17?
A: In 2009, the birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 was nearly six times greater in the District of Columbia than in Vermont.

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  • The U.S. birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 fell 48% between 1991 and 2009.
  • During this period, the birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 declined in every state. The states with the largest relative decline include Vermont (down 69%) and Connecticut (60%), while rates in California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York all fell 58%. In the District of Columbia, the birth rate for mothers ages 15–17 fell 63%.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01304.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: Martin, J.A., Hamilton, B.E., Ventura, S.J., et al. Births: Final Data for 2009. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 60, No. 01. [PDF]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2011.


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