This report contains teenage pregnancy, birth and abortion statistics, with national estimates through 2006, and state-level estimates through 2005.
National and State Trends, and Trends by Race and Ethnicity
Tables showing annual national rates and numbers of teenage pregnancies, births and abortions through 2006.
State-level rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion in 2005.
State-level numbers of teenage pregnancies, births, abortions and miscarriages, as well as population counts.
Discussion of the methodology and sources used to obtain the estimates.
In 2006, 750,000 women younger than 20 became pregnant. The pregnancy rate was 71.5 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, and pregnancies occurred among about 7% of women in this age-group.
In 2005, the U.S. teenage pregnancy rate reached its lowest point in more than 30 years (69.5), down 41% since its peak in 1990 (116.9). However, in 2006, the rate increased for the first time in more than a decade, rising 3%.
The teenage birthrate in 2006 was 41.9 births per 1,000 women. This was 32% lower than the peak rate of 61.8, reached in 1991, but 4% higher than in 2005.
The 2006 teenage abortion rate was 19.3 abortions per 1,000 women. This figure was 56% lower than its peak in 1988, but 1% higher than the 2005 rate.
Between 1988 and 2000, teenage pregnancy rates declined in every state, and between 2000 and 2005, they fell in every state except North Dakota. (State data were not yet available for 2006.)
California reported the highest number of teenage pregnancies (96,490). The smallest numbers of teenage pregnancies were in Vermont, North Dakota, Wyoming, South Dakota and New Hampshire, all of which reported fewer than 1,600 pregnancies among women aged 15–19.