Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) for a full month. National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM) highlights the historic declines in the rates of teen births in the United States. Significant declines have occurred in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups, but disparities continue.
- There were 24.2 teen births for every 1000 females ages 15-19 in 2014.
- The teen birth rate is at a historic low, but the United States still has one of the highest rates in the industrialized world.
- Teen birth rates differ substantially by age, racial and ethnic group, and region of the country.
- Birth rates are higher among Hispanic and black adolescents than among their white counterparts.
- While Hispanics have the highest teen birth rates, there has been a dramatic decline in rates, with a 50% reduction since 2007.
Ohio was ranked 24 out of 51 (50 states + the District of Columbia) on final 2013 teen births rates among females aged 15-19 (with 1 representing the highest rate and 51 representing the lowest rate).RH1 On a similar scale — where 1 is the highest teen pregnancy rate and 51 is the lowest — Ohio was ranked 26 out of 51 (50 states + the District of Columbia) in pregnancies to females aged 15-19 in 2010.RH2