The teen birth rate is an important sign of health care. See where the teen birth rate is highest in the United States. Since early 1990, the teen birth rate has decreased in the United States. However, the birth rates differ greatly between states and ethnic or racial groups.
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen birth rates decreased in 21 states between 2018 and 2019, bringing the total average to 16.7 births per 1,000 women and girls between the ages of 15 to 19 years old.
In 2019, both white and Hispanic women’s teen birth rates decreased by more than 5%. However, the rate for whites female was 11.4 per 1,000 women and the rate for Hispanics was much higher at 25.3 per 1,000 women. The teen birth rate for Black women is dropped by nearly 2 to 25.8 percent.
With 29.2 percent teen births per 1,000 women, American Indians and Alaska Natives had the maximum teen birth ratio in racial/ethnic groups. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders had the highest teen birth rates of 26.2 percent, while Asians had the lowest teen birth rates of 2.7 percent.
Meanwhile, initial research shows that the total teen birth rate will set new low birth rates in 2020.
According to CDC researchers, the teen childbirth ratio is a public health problem because of the increased health risks for women and their newborns baby, as well as the social and economic expenses of health care, child welfare, and the potential loss of the mother’s educational and career in her life due to the highest birth rates in the States.
In the United States, there are at most 10 states with the maximum teen birth rates in 2019.