CDC: Teen Birth Rates on the Rise

WASHINGTON
Published: January 7, 2009

The teen birth rate increased in more than half of all 50 states in 2006, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.

CDC had reported in December 2007 that the teen birth rate for the nation as a whole increased for the first time in 15 years in 2006 from 40.5 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 in 2005 to 41.9 in 2006. That information was based on 99 percent of all birth certificates in the United States for 2006.

The latest report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, “Births: Final Data for 2006,” includes state-by-state teen birth rate information based on all birth certificates issued in the United States in 2006.

The data show teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest, with the highest rate recorded in Mississippi (68.4), followed by New Mexico (64.1) and Texas (63.1).

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Teen birth rates in 2006 were lowest in the Northeast in 2006, with the lowest rates occurring in New Hampshire (18.7), Vermont (20.8), and Massachusetts (21.3). The only states with a decrease in teen birth rates between 2005 and 2006 were North Dakota, Rhode Island, and New York.

The report also features birth data on a variety of topics, including state-based and national information on teen, unmarried, and multiple births, along with health data on smoking during pregnancy, Caesarean delivery, preterm birth, and low birthweight.The full report is available at www.cdc.gov/nchs/.

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CDC Jan. 7 press release

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