Every May, the nation turns its attention to teen pregnancy prevention 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, yet disparities continue.
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- There were 22.3 teen births for every 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2015.
- 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.