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Births to single teens (5-year totals) in South Dakota

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Why This Indicator Matters

This is the percentage of all births to single teens under age 20. Teen childbearing has been shown to diminish the opportunities of both the child and the mother. Births to females under age 18 are particularly problematic because most of the teens are not married and have not completed high school. Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born with low birth weight, have health problems, and need hospitalization.
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Definition and Source



The percent of all live births to single females under the age of 20 during the five year time span. The percent is the number of births to single teens as a percent of total births.

Births that had an unknown county are only included at the state level.

Data Source

South Dakota Department of Health -


NA - Data not reported if there are less than 3 births.
NOTES - Confidence intervals are reported to capture the variability of events and can be found here Births to single teens (5-year totals).

Last Updated

October 2023