Teen Birth Rate Increasing
In 2006, the
birthrate was a reported 22 births per 1,000 young girls between the
ages of 15-17. This is the first birth rate increase in this measure
that the United States has seen since 1991.
According to a recent study featured
in the Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a reported 38% of
all births were to unmarried women in 2006. This was an
increased rate from the 37% that reportedly took place in 2005.
The study also found that the birth rate for teenagers between
the ages of 15 and 17, rose 3%, and is the first increase in
teen births that the United States has seen in 14 years. This
left the reported birthrate at 22 births per 1,000 girls 15-17
The Forum on Child and Family Statistics found that the
increase in teen births differed among the various demographics.
The largest increase in teen births (5%) was found in
non-Hispanic black community, followed by American Indian (4%),
and non-Hispanic white (3%). The rate of teen births in the
Hispanic community did not change.1
Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, Forum
on Child and Family Statistics, 2008, pp. 1-23.