Teen Motherhood at Record Low in United States

Data Snapshot Number 2

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

September 3, 2006

Summary

This report — part of the KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot series — shares the latest statistics on teen pregnancy in the United States. It tells how teen birth rates differ by location and race and how the number of teen mothers in America has decreased over time. 

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Key Takeaway

When it comes to teen birth rates, America is making progress — but there’s still room for improvement

The good news: the number of teen mothers in the United States is on the decline. The not-so-great news: American teenagers remain more likely to give birth compared to their counterparts in other affluent countries. The nation’s teen birth rate is also particularly high for minorities and adolescents living in low-income communities.

Findings & Stats

Eight Year Improvement

The number of teen mothers in America dropped by about 170,000 from 1995 to 2003.

Race Matters

American Indian, black and Latino teens are two to four times more likely to have a child before entering adulthood compared to their white and Asian Pacific Islander peers.   
 

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