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Teen births by age group in United States

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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

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division

1990–2022 state births are from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Vital Statistics Reports or can be accessed through CDC Wonder. City births are from public use micro-data files provided by NCHS. Birth Data for the city of Miami and Jacksonville is not available for 2004 and 2005.

1990 through 2022 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.

Birth rates for births to women under age 20 and under age 15 are not available because the age group is open ended.


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 2024