The Top 5 U.S. States with the Highest Rate of Teenage Pregnancy


  State Pregnancy Rate
1
New Mexico 90 per 1,000
2
Nevada 90 per 1,000
3
Arizona 89 per 1,000
4
Texas 88 per 1,000
5
Mississippi 85 per 1,000
Sources:  Alan Guttmacher Institute report: U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity.
List Notes: Data is teenage pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15-19 for the year 2005. Pregnancy rate includes estimated number of pregnancies ending in miscarriage or stillbirth.
  
  1. In 2006, 750,000 women younger than 20 became pregnant. The pregnancy rate was 71.5 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, and pregnancies occurred among about 7% of women in this age-group.
  2. In 2005, the U.S. teenage pregnancy rate reached its lowest point in more than 30 years (69.5), down 41% since its peak in 1990 (116.9).
  3. The 2006 teenage abortion rate was 19.3 abortions per 1,000 women. This figure was 56% lower than its peak in 1988, but 1% higher than the 2005 rate.
  4. From 1986 to 2006, the proportion of teenage pregnancies ending in abortion declined almost one-third, from 46% to 32% of pregnancies among 15-19-year-olds.
  5. Between 1988 and 2000, teenage pregnancy rates declined in every state, and between 2000 and 2005, they fell in every state except North Dakota. (State data are not yet available for 2006.)
Top 5 facts sources: Alan Guttmacher Institute report: U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions: National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity.
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