10 Teen Pregnancy Facts – Statistics and Rates in the U.S.

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10 Teen Pregnancy Facts – Statistics and Rates in the U.S.


In the United States, one of every ten births involves a teen mother. The Teen Pregnancy Facts takes a look at the trends in teenage pregnancy, higher risks for medical problems in teenage mothers and a comparison of teenagers who get pregnant to women who wait until they are older to get pregnant. According to a September 2006 report by the Guttmacher Institute, the following statistics characterize teenage pregnancy in the US:

  1. Very few teens who become mothers plan on doing so.It is really amazing that out of all teen pregnancies, 82 percent are unintended. Teen pregnancy accounts for 20% of all unplanned pregnancies annually.
  2. Teens who become pregnant are less likely to attend college.Though teenage mothers today are more likely to draw to a close high school or earn their GEDs than in the past, pregnant teens are less likely to attend college than teens who do not become pregnant.
  3. Black teens have the highest teen pregnancy rate.For the young women age range from 15-19, black teens are most likely to become pregnant (134 per 1,000 women). Somewhat lower rates occur among Hispanics (131 per 1,000) followed by non-Hispanic whites (48 per 1,000).
  4. Three-quarters of a million teens between 15 and 19 become pregnant each year.
  5. Two-thirds of teen pregnancies occur among teens 18-19 years old.
  6. Teen mothers account for 11% of all births in the US.
  7. Out of all teen pregnancies, 57% end in birth.Another 14% end in miscarriage…
  8. Nearly a third of pregnant teenagers choose abortion.At this stage out of all teenage pregnancies, 29% are terminated by abortion.
  9. US teen pregnancy rates are higher than those of other developed countries.US rates are twice as high as in England and Wales or Canada, and eight times as high as in the Netherlands or Japan.
  10. Teen pregnancy rates declined between 1991 and 2005 but are on the rise again.Really amazing that teen pregnancy rate reached an all-time high in 1990 with an estimated 116.9 per thousand and an all-time high birth rate of 61.8 births per thousand in 1991. By 2002, the pregnancy rate had dropped to 75.4 per thousand – a decline of 36%. However, a December 2007 report by the Centers for Disease Control shows a 3% increase in teenage pregnancy from 2005 to 2006.
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Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health. Guttmacher Institute September 2006.


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