Change Indicator

Births to single teens 1997—2018 in Maine

Births to single teens 1997—2018

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Why This Indicator Matters

According to the Center for Disease Control,"Giving birth during the teen years has been linked with increased medical risks and emotional, social, and financial costs to the mother and her children. Becoming a teen mom affects whether the mother finishes high school, goes to college, and the type of job she will get, especially for younger teens ages 15 to 17." 
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.

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Definition and Source



The number and percent of births to single teenage mothers under age 20. These data are reported as a percent of all live births.  Births are reported by the mother's place of residence at the time of the birth.
The numerator is the number of births to single mothers ages 15 to 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.


Last uploaded October 2019.

Last Updated

October 2019