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Teen births in New Hampshire

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Why This Indicator Matters

New Hampshire is consistently ranked among the lowest in the nation in terms of teen birth rates, and the teen birth rate has continued to decline in recent years. In 2021, the teen birth rate for the state was 4.9, from 6.3 in 2020, 9.7 in 2015, and 15.6 in 2010. However, the teen birth rate varies widely across the state. Rockingham county had the lowest teen birth rate in the state at 2.5, while Sullivan county had the highest at 13 (rate not available for Carroll county). Some New Hampshire counties have seen significant declines in teen birth rate -- the teen birth rate in Coos county is down to 7.3 in 2021 from 23.6 in 2019 and 16.3 in 2018, for example.

According to America's Health Rankings, having a child as a teen is associated with health, social, and economic costs -- "Teen mothers are significantly more likely to drop out of high school and face unemployment" and children of teen mothers are at higher risk for negative health outcomes as well. Despite continued declines in teen birth rates, disparities persist along economic, geographic, racial-ethnic, income, and educational lines. For instance, teens living in low-income counties have higher teen birth rates than teens living in higher income counties. American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander teens have a birth rate twice as high as non-Hispanic white teens,1 and teen birth rates are especially high across Appalachia and the South.

Addressing these disparities in risk is key, as teen pregnancy and birth are related to significant costs for tax payers, including elevated costs in health care, foster care, and incarceration, as well as lost tax revenue from teen parents’ attenuated educational attainment and employment potential.

1 America's Health Rankings, Annual Report. Teen Births, New Hampshire.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017). “Teen Pregnancy in the United States.” Retrieved April 18, 2018.
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Definition and Source



Births to teen mothers ages 15 to 19 by county of mother's residence. Rate is per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 in the population.

Data Source

Teen birth numbers source:
New Hampshire Department of State, Division of Vital Records Administration

Population of females ages 15-19 used to calculate teen birth rate sources:

Prior to 2015: U.S. Census Bureau, Table PEPAGESEX: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Selected Age Groups by Sex for the United States, States, Counties, and Puerto Rico Commonwealth and Municipios, 2014
Population Estimates

2015 and onwards: U.S. Census Bureau, 2017-2021 American Community Survey, Table B01001, 2015-2021, 5-Year Estimates


Teen birth rate for 2022 will become available when the population data becomes available.

N.A. = Not Available.
S = Supressed.

Updated February 2023.

Last Updated

February 2023