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Teen birth rate drops for 7th straight year

The birth rate for US teenagers hit an all-time low in 2015, making last year the seventh straight year the nation has set a new record low, according to a report released last month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19, there were 22.3 births. That’s an 8 percent drop since the 2014 report. It’s also 46 percent below the rate in 2007 and 64 percent below that in 1991.

Among different subgroups, Asian-Americans had the lowest rate, giving birth to 6.9 babies per 1,000 teenagers. The number was matched by Pacific Islanders. Whites had the next lowest teen birth rate, which was 16 per 1,000 young women in the population.

  • Native Americans: 25.7 births per 1,000 teen women
  • African Americans: 31.8
  • Latinas: 34.9

All subgroups showed a decline in the rate over the past year, according to the report, and the authors credited these trends to “declines in the proportion of teenagers who have ever had sex and, for sexually active teenagers, increases in the use of effective contraception practices” as well as increases in pregnancy-prevention programs being offered to teenagers.

The number is still not as low as it is in some countries. For example, only 3 babies were born to every 1,000 Swiss 15-to-19-year-olds in 2015.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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