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Total teen births in United States

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Why This Indicator Matters

Teenage childbearing can have long-term negative effects for both the mother and newborn. Teens are at higher risk of bearing low-birthweight and preterm babies. and, their babies are far more likely to be born into families with limited educational and economic resources, which function as barriers to future success.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more:
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Definition and Source



Births to teenagers 15 to 19 years old. Rate is per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19.

Data reflect the mother’s place of residence, rather than the place of the birth.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division: 1990 through 2021 state births are from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Vital Statistics Reports or can be accessed through the CDC Wonder system. City births are from public use micro-data files provided by NCHS.

1990 through 2021 United States resident population estimates of females ages 15-19 from the State Characteristics Population Estimates File by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin, 6 race groups - 5 race alone groups and one multiple race group accessed online at

Teen birth rates for cities are not available due to the absence of population estimates for females ages 15 to 19 for all cities. The total number of teen births, however, are available and posted for each age group.


S – 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 is collected may change over time.

Last Updated

April 2023