Teen birth rate hit record low in 2010

The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15–19 years hit a record low in 2010, according to a report released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data is from birth records collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.  In 2010, the CDC report shows a 9 percent decline from 2009 and the lowest rate ever recorded in nearly seven decades of collecting data. The CDC report also notes first decline in C-section rate in over a decade.

To see how rates varied by state, click here. A previous CDC report focused on state disparities for teenage birth rates and found the highest teenage birth rates to be across the southern states of the United States in 2008.

To learn more, click here.

The full report is available at:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_02.pdf 

Source: CDC

Sachiye Day. VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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