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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.

Teenage birth rates by State, 2012

 
Births per 1,000 females in age group
State Ages 15-19 Ages 15-17 Ages 18-19
United States 29.4 14.1 51.4
Alabama 39.2 18.4 69.4
Alaska 34.5 12.3 71.2
Arizona 37.4 18.7 66.1
Arkansas 45.7 21.3 82.5
California 26.5 13.2 46.2
Colorado 25.4 12.2 44.2
Connecticut 15.1 7.3 25.7
Delaware 25.0 11.7 41.6
District of Columbia 38.6 29.0 45.0
Florida 28.0 12.4 51.4
Georgia 33.8 16.0 59.3
Hawaii 28.1 11.8 53.5
Idaho 28.3 11.7 53.6
Illinois 27.9 13.6 49.3
Indiana 33.0 15.5 58.5
Iowa 24.1 10.8 41.7
Kansas 34.1 14.5 62.4
Kentucky 41.5 18.1 75.4
Louisiana 43.1 19.5 77.8
Maine 19.4 7.2 36.1
Maryland 22.1 10.5 38.6
Massachusetts 14.1 6.8 22.5
Michigan 26.3 11.9 47.2
Minnesota 18.5 8.4 33.0
Mississippi 46.1 22.1 80.1
Missouri 32.2 13.9 58.9
Montana 28.8 12.6 51.9
Nebraska 26.8 12.6 46.0
Nevada 33.4 15.0 65.8
New Hampshire 13.8 6.2 23.6
New Jersey 16.7 7.7 31.0
New Mexico 74.5 24.1 82.7
New York 19.7 9.5 33.5
North Carolina 31.8 15.4 54.5
North Dakota 26.5 12.1 43.2
Ohio 29.8 13.2 54.0
Oklahoma 47.3 22.8 83.1
Oregon 23.8 11.1 42.9
Pennsylvania 23.7 12.1 38.6
Rhode Island 19.9 10.9 29.1
South Carolina 36.6 17.2 62.5
South Dakota 33.3 16.4 56.4
Tennessee 38.5 17.5 70.3
Texas 44.4 23.4 76.6
Utah 23.3 10.3 42.8
Vermont 16.3 7.4 25.8
Virginia 22.9 10.2 40.0
Washington 23.4 10.7 42.7
West Virginia 44.1 20.1 48.8
Wisconsin 21.9 10.3 37.8
Wyoming 34.7 13.3 65.4
Puerto Rico 48.8 27.9 79.3
Virgin Islands 42.8 15.7 83.5
Guam 54.7 23.5 101.7
American Samoa 39.7 19.7 65.2
Northern Marianas 37.9 ** 63.7
** Too few cases to calculate a reliable rate.

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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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