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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.

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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. The states with the largest relative decline include Massachusetts (-73%) and Connecticut (-72%) and the state with the smallest relative decline was New Hampshire (-33%).

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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