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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 2022, the annual average number of births to teens who had not finished high school was half of what it was for the five-year period ending in 2011, 156 births per year for 2018-2022, compared to 310 births per year for 2008-2012.

In terms of county data, there was substantial variation by county. In 2018-2022, Somerset, Washington, 3.7 and Androscoggin 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 4.5 in Somerset, 3.7 in Washington and 3.6 in Androscoggin. The counties with the birth lowest rates per 1,000 females ages 10 -19 were:  Cumberland, 1.0; Hancock 1.1 and Sagadahoc 1.2.
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The rate of births to single teenage mothers ages 10 to19 who have not completed 12 years of school. The rate is per 1,000 females ages 10 to19. 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 to 19 in the state. The year represents the last year of the 5-year period, i.e. 2022 is data for the years 2018-2022.


Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2022 represents the average of data from 2018-2022; 2021 represents the average of data from 2017-2021, etc. The rate is rate per 1,000 females ages 10 to 19.

Last Updated

February 2024