Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
Births to single teens 1997—2018
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Why This Indicator Matters
For more info .CDC Parenting and young teens
What the data shows
For the state as a whole, the teen birth rate has been declining steadily during the period 1997 to 2018. Indeed, the 2018 teen birth rate as a percentage of all births in Maine is less than half what it was in 1998, 3.0% of all births compared to 8.5%. It is lower than the national average of 5.0 percent of all births in 2017.
In the latest year, 2018, the percent of births that were teen births varied between a high of 6.9% of all births in Somerset County to 1.3% of all births in Cumberland County. Every county has seen declines in the percent of births to teens since 1997. In 2018, only 4 counties had teen births exceeding the national average of 5% of all births- the rural counties of Somerset, Waldo, Washington and Piscataquis.
Definition and Source
The numerator is the number of births to single mothers ages 15 -19 and the denominator is the number of births by females married or single of any age. If there are 5 or fewer teen births, but the number and the percent are suppressed, and represented by an S.
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