||What is the teen birth rate and how has it changed in recent years?
||In 2018, the birth rate for teens ages 15 to 17 was 7 births for every 1,000 females in that age group, 81% below the 1970 rate.
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- The birth rate for teens ages 15 to 17 fell 21% between 1970 and 1986 and then increased over the next 5 years back to its 1970 level.
- The birth rate for young adult females ages 18 to 19 dropped even more than the rate for teens ages 15 to 17 between 1970 and 1986, falling 31%. Although the rate for young adults also increased through 1991, the rate did not return to its 1970 level.
- Since 1991, rates declined for teens ages 15 to 17 (down 81%) and young adult females (66%). By 2018, the rates for both age groups were at their lowest level since at least 1970.
- The birth rate for 15 to 17 year-olds was about one-fifth the rate for 18 to 19 year-olds in 2018.
- In 2018, females ages 15 to 17 accounted for 25% of all births to mothers under the age of 20.
Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book
. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01301.asp?qaDate=2018.
Released on June 05, 2020.
Data Source: Births: Final Data for 2018
. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 68, No. 13.
]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2019.
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