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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.

Teenage birth rates by State, 2009

 
Births per 1,000 females in age group
State Ages 15-19 Ages 15-17 Ages 18-19
United States 39.1 20.1 66.2
Alabama 50.7 26.2 85.7
Alaska 44.5 19.0 84.1
Arizona 50.6 26.6 89.2
Arkansas 59.2 29.3 102.7
California 36.6 19.7 61.7
Colorado 38.5 20.6 64.5
Connecticut 21.0 10.6 35.3
Delaware 35.3 18.3 57.7
District of Columbia 47.7 38.4 55.0
Florida 39.0 18.7 69.2
Georgia 47.7 23.6 84.0
Hawaii 40.9 18.4 75.3
Idaho 35.9 16.9 61.5
Illinois 36.1 19.1 60.3
Indiana 42.5 20.9 73.2
Iowa 32.1 15.8 53.1
Kansas 43.8 20.7 76.3
Kentucky 51.3 24.7 90.7
Louisiana 52.7 27.1 88.9
Maine 24.4 10.0 44.4
Maryland 31.3 16.3 52.8
Massachusetts 19.6 10.6 30.4
Michigan 32.7 16.0 56.3
Minnesota 24.3 11.5 41.8
Mississippi 64.2 35.2 105.9
Missouri 41.6 19.5 74.1
Montana 38.5 18.8 65.8
Nebraska 34.6 17.4 57.3
Nevada 47.4 24.5 87.6
New Hampshire 16.4 7.1 28.5
New Jersey 22.7 11.1 41.4
New Mexico 63.9 36.1 104.1
New York 24.4 12.2 41.3
North Carolina 44.9 23.1 74.8
North Dakota 27.9 13.2 43.4
Ohio 38.9 18.7 68.3
Oklahoma 60.1 30.0 103.8
Oregon 33.1 16.1 57.6
Pennsylvania 29.3 15.6 47.4
Rhode Island 26.8 17.9 36.7
South Carolina 49.1 24.6 82.8
South Dakota 38.4 18.5 65.7
Tennessee 50.6 24.0 90.8
Texas 60.7 34.3 100.5
Utah 30.7 16.2 49.3
Vermont 17.4 6.7 29.8
Virginia 31.0 14.6 52.6
Washington 31.9 14.5 58.7
West Virginia 49.8 24.7 84.2
Wisconsin 29.4 14.3 49.5
Wyoming 45.0 19.5 81.2
Puerto Rico 54.7 33.8 85.9
Virgin Islands 51.5 22.2 98.9
Guam 50.8 28.4 85.4
American Samoa 35.2 13.2 74.3
Northern Marianas 50.2 31.9 78.9

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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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