U.S. TEENAGE PREGNANCY STATISTICS

Each year, almost 750,000 teenage women aged 15-19 become pregnant. The teenage pregnancy rate in this country is at its lowest level in 30 years, down 36% since its peak in 1990. A growing body of research suggests that both increased abstinence and changes in contraceptive practice are responsible for recent declines in teenage pregnancy.
• The teenage pregnancy rate among those who ever had intercourse declined 28% between 1990 and 2002.
• The teenage birthrate in 2002 was 30% lower than the peak rate of 61.8 births per 1,000 women, reached in 1991.
• Between 1988 and 2000, teenage pregnancy rates declined in every state and in the District of Columbia.
• By 2002, the teenage abortion rate had dropped by 50% from its peak in 1988.
• From 1986 to 2002, the proportion of teenage pregnancies ending in abortion declined more than one-quarter from 46% to 34% of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old.

TRENDS BY RACE AND ETHNICITY

• Among black women aged 15-19, the nationwide pregnancy rate fell by 40% between 1990 and 2002.
• Among white teenagers, it declined by 34% during the same time period.
• Among Hispanic teenagers, who may be of any race, the pregnancy rate increased slightly from 1991-1992, but by 2002 was 19% lower than the 1990 rate.

NATIONAL AND STATE TRENDS

In general, states with the largest numbers of teenagers also had the greatest number of teenage
pregnancies. California reported the highest number of adolescent pregnancies (113,000), followed by Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois (with about 37,000-80,000 each). The smallest numbers of teenage pregnancies were in Vermont, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota and Alaska, all of which reported fewer than 2,000 pregnancies among women aged 15-19.
State-Level Statistics
• In 2000, teenage birthrates were highest in Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and New Mexico. The states with the lowest teenage birthrates were New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Dakota and Maine.
• Teenage abortion rates were highest in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Nevada and California.

 

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