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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.

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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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