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Teen Birth Rates, 1980–2012

According to the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics, the birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 dropped 6% from 2011 to 2012, to 29.4 per 1,000—the lowest rate ever reported for the U.S. Rates were down for age groups 15–17 and 18–19, and for nearly all race and Hispanic origin groups.

Age 1980 1985 1990 1991 1993 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2011 2012
All races                                    
10–14 years 1.1 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.4 0.4
15–19 years 53.0 51.0 59.9 61.8 59.6 56.8 54.4 52.3 51.1 47.7 45.8 43.0 41.6 41.2 40.5 41.9 31.3 29.4
White, total                                    
10–14 years 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
15–19 years 50.8 52.8 51.1 50.1 48.1 46.3 45.4 43.2 41.2 39.4 38.3 37.8
White, non-Hispanic                                  
10–14 years 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2
15–19 years 41.2 42.5 43.4 40.7 39.3 37.6 36.0 35.2 32.6 30.3 27.4 26.8 25.9 26.6 21.7 20.5
Black                                    
10–14 years 4.3 4.5 4.9 4.8 4.6 4.2 3.6 3.3 2.9 2.3 2.0 1.8 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.6 0.9 0.8
15–19 years 97.8 95.4 112.8 115.5 108.6 96.1 91.4 88.2 85.4 77.4 71.8 66.6 63.8 62.9 60.9 63.7 47.3 43.9
American Indian1                                  
10–14 years 1.9 1.7 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6 1.1 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.9 0.93 0.93 0.5 0.5
15–19 years 82.2 79.2 81.1 84.1 83.1 78.0 73.9 71.8 72.1 58.3 56.3 53.8 53.1 52.5 52.7 54.7 36.1 34.9
Asian/Pacific Islander                                  
10–14 years 0.3 0.4 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.7 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1
15–19 years 26.2 23.8 26.4 27.3 27.0 26.1 24.6 23.7 23.1 20.5 19.8 18.3 17.4 17.4 17.0 16.7 10.2 9.7
Hispanic2                                  
10–14 years 1.7 2.4 2.4 2.7 2.7 2.6 2.3 2.1 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.7 0.6
15–19 years 82.2 100.3 104.6 106.8 106.7 101.8 97.4 93.6 87.3 86.4 83.4 82.3 82.6 81.7 83.0 49.6 46.3
NOTES: Rates per 1,000 females in specified group.
(—) = Data not available.
1. Includes births to Aleuts and Eskimos.
2. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
3. Or Alaska Native.
Source: Centers for Disease Control, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports.

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