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Teen births by age group in United States

Teen births by age group

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

Teenage childbearing can have long-term negative effects for the mother and child. Babies born to teens are far more likely to be born preterm and at a low birth weight — and into families with limited educational attainment and economic resources. As a result, children of teens are more likely to have long-term health, behavioral and academic challenges.
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Definition and Source



Births to teenagers by age group. Rate is per 1,000 females in each age group. Data reflect the mother’s place of residence, rather than the place of the birth. 

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics microdata files and U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Population and Housing Unit Estimates.


S - Estimates suppressed when NCHS reporting standards not met.

N.A. - Data not available.

Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data are collected may change over time.

Birth rates for births to females “Less than 20” and “Under age 15” are not available because the age group is open ended. Birth rates for cities are not available in any age group due to the absence of population estimates of females in each age group. The total number of teen births, however, is included for each age group.

Last Updated

April 2024