Teen pregnancy hit an all-time low, dropping 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The teen birth rate is now 67 percent lower than it was in 1957, and according to US News, the reason for the decline is “… better sex education and more widespread contraceptive use.”
While the news is good, especially since the report shows a drop in rates across all racial and ethnic groups, some states still are doing far worse than others. The states with the highest rate of pregnant teenagers include Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and New Mexico. Worst of all is Mississippi, with 55 births for every 1,000 teenaged girls. The silver lining is that Mississippi’s teen birth rate has dropped pretty significantly, 21 percent over the last three years.
The five states with the lowest rates of teenage pregnancy can all be found in the Northeast: New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with the lowest rate in the country at 15.7 births for every 1,000 teenaged girls.
The Associated Press says that the report’s authors calculate that without these declines, “… there would have been 3.4 million more babies born to teenage girls by 2010.”
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