New Historic Declines

New preliminary birth data for 2015 reveals an 8% decline in teen births between 2014 and 2015. This marks another historic low for U.S. teen childbearing. Here are some fast facts to know:

Teen birth rate for all women age 15-19:  22.3 per 1,000

  • Decline since 1991: 64%
  • Decline since 2007: 46%
  • Decline since 2014: 8%

Teen birth rate for all women age 15-17: 9.9 per 1,000

  • Decline since 1991: 74%
  • Decline since 2007: 54%
  • Decline since 2014: 9%

​​Teen birth rate for all women age 18-19:  40.7 per 1,000

  • Decline since 1991: 57%
  • Decline since 2007: 43%
  • Decline since 2014: 7%

This is in contrast to the birth rate for women overall, which remained relatively unchanged between 2014 and 2015 (a decline of less than 1%). Teen birth rates by race ethnicity and rates by state were not available. 

Want More? 
Read the full report from The Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics Report The rapid decline in teen births is a huge public health success story.
Associated Press via The New York Times: Teen Births Fall Again, Another Drop in Decades of Decline

Authored by: Kelleen Kaye

Kelleen Kaye is the Vice President of Research at The National Campaign.

Before joining The National Campaign, she spent 12 years as senior analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, where she developed and oversaw studies on a wide variety of issues related to family formation, poverty and public assistance.  She also has worked for the National Opinion Research Center, the New America Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She has served on several advisory committees including the Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics and the Interagency Working Group for the National Survey of Family Growth. She has received the Vice President’s Hammer Award for her work on the Fatherhood Initiative and the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for data analyses related to Hurricane Katrina.

Kelleen received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

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