National Statistics

U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics, National and State Trends and Trends by Ethnicity, September 2006

Source: The Guttmacher Institute

Description: This comprehensive study includes national statistics on teen pregnancy rates from 1972–2003. The data is also broken down by state, age, race/ethnicity, and pregnancy outcome.

Key Statistics:

  • Each year, almost 750,000 women ages 15–19 become pregnant.
  • In general, states with the highest number of teenagers had the highest number of teenage pregnancies.
  • In 2000, the states with highest teenage birthrates were Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, and New Mexico. The states with the lowest birthrates were New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Dakota, and Maine.

To View this Resource:www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2006/09/12/USTPstats.pdf


National Center for Health Statistics: Pregnancy Trends in Teenage Pregnancy in the United States, 1990–2002

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Description: Published in December of 2006, this report presents national pregnancy rates for teenagers ages 15–19 from 1990–2002. The report also provides data by age, race, and pregnancy outcome.

Key Statistics:

  • In 2002, an estimated 757,000 pregnancies among teenagers ages 15–19 resulted in 425,000 live births, 215,000 induced abortions, and 117,000 fetal losses.
  • The 2002 rate is an historic low for the nation.
  • The U.S. teenage pregnancy rate is among the highest among industrialized nations.

To View this Resource: www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/teenpreg1990-2002/teenpreg1990-2002.htm


National Center for Health Statistics: Pregnancy Trends in Teenage Pregnancy in the United States, 1990–2002

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Description: This study includes statistics on national teen pregnancy rates from 1990–2000. The report places emphasis on the difference in birthrates among teens ages 15–17 and those ages 15–19.

Key Statistics:

  • The declines in teenage pregnancy have been much steeper for younger than for older teenagers.
  • The birth rate fell by 20% and the abortion rate fell by 40% between 1990 and 2000.
  • Pregnancies among older teenagers are more likely to end in a live birth than are pregnancies among younger teenagers.

To View this Resource: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/products/pubs/pubd/hestats/teenpreg1990-2002/teenpreg1990-2002.htm


Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health

Source: The Guttmacher Institute

Description: This is a detailed list of facts on teen’s sexual behavior and health, including facts on teen pregnancy, childbearing, and abortion rates.

Key Statistics:

  • 82% percent of teen pregnancies are unplanned; they account for about one in five of all unintended pregnancies annually.
  • 11% of all U.S. births are to teens.
  • Teen mothers are now more likely than in the past to complete high school or obtain a GED, but they are still less likely to go on to college than women who delay childbearing.

To View this Resource:www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_ATSRH.html


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