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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 2017 birth rate for mothers ages 15-17 in the District of Columbia was the highest in the nation and five times the rate in New Hampshire.

*The number of births per 1,000 females in age group.

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  • The U.S. birth rate for mothers ages 15-17 fell 72% between 1999 and 2017.
  • During this period, the birth rate for mothers ages 15-17 declined in every state, ranging from a decrease of 52% in North Dakota to a decrease of 79% in Oregon.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01304.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on June 24, 2019.

Data Source: Births: Final Data for 2017. National Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 67, No. 8. [PDF]. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics, 2018.


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