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Births to single teens who have not completed 12 years of school in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

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. Giving birth before completing high school reduces the likelihood of finishing high school, as well as whether she goes to college, and the type of job she will get. Implementing evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs, expanding access to Medicaid family planning services, and promoting safer sex may reduce teen pregnancy. About teen pregnancy

What the Data Shows
For the state as a whole, the teen birth rate to teens who have not graduated college has been declining steadily.  For the five-year period ending in 2021, the annual average number of births to teens who had not finished high school was well less than half of what it was for the five-year period ending in 2002, 165 births per year for 2017-2021, compared to 439 births per year for 2007-2011.

In terms of county data, there was substantial variation by county. In 2017-2021, Somerset, Androscoggin and Oxford Counties had the highest average yearly rates of births per 1,000 females ages 10 to 19 who had not completed high school. These rates were 5.0 in Somerset, 4.3 in Androscoggin and 3.4 in Oxford. The counties with the lowest rates per 1,000 females ages 10 -19 were: Hancock, 0.9; Cumberland, 1.1; and Sagadahoc 1.4.
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The rate of births to single teenage mothers ages 10-19 who have not completed 12 years of school. The rate is per 1,000 females ages 10-19. These data are reported by the mother's place of residence at the time of the birth. The numerator is the average number of births in one year calculated using the 5-year total and the denominator is the number of females ages 10 -19 in the state. The year represents the last year of the 5-year period, i.e. 2021 is data for the years 2017-2021.


Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2021 represents the average of data from 2017-2021; 2020 represents the average of data from 2016-2020, etc. The rate is rate per 1,000 females ages 10-19.

Last Updated

June 2023