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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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