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About Teen PregnancyIn 2017, a total of 194,377 babies were born to women aged 15–19 years, for a birth rate of 18.8 per 1,000 women in this age group. This is another record low for U.S. teens and a drop of 7% from 2016.1Birth rates fell 10% for women aged 15–17 yearsand 6% for women aged 18–19 years.2Although reasons for the declines are not totally clear, evidence suggests these declines are due to more teens abstaining from sexual activity, and more teens who are sexually active using birth control than in previous years.3, 4Still, the U.S. teen pregnancy rate is substantially higher than in other western industrialized nations5, and racial/ethnic and geographic disparities in teen birth ratespersist.6Disparities in Teen Birth RatesTeen birth rates declined from 2016 to 2017 for most racial groups and for Hispanics.2Among 15- to 19-year-olds, teen birth rates decreased:15% for non-Hispanic Asians9% for Hispanics8% for non-Hispanic whites6% for non-Hispanic blacks6% for American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN)1In 2017, the birth rates of Hispanic teens (28.9) and non-Hispanic black teens (27.5)
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