Teen Birth Rates Soar in Southern States of United States

Added by on October 21, 2010

According to Government researchers, the highest birth rates among teens are registered in the southern states of the United States, while the lowest rates have been recorded in the northeast and upper Midwest.

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Birth rate figures reached 42.5 births per 1,000 teens in 2007 and 41.5 in 2008. By state, birth rates are from 25 babies per 1,000 females, aged between 15 and 19, in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, to higher values of 60 babies per 1,000 teens in Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

In 2007, birth rates in black teens were two times higher than in white teens, and in Hispanics three times the birth rate in whites.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) argued that population differences are not enough to explain the regional shift in birth rates. According to the CDC, education, income, contraceptive use and teen attitudes towards pregnancy are more likely to be the causes for these differences.

The CDC also disclosed that, in comparison to developed countries, birth rates in the United States are higher. Figures in Canada are 13 per 1,000 teens and 10 per 1,000 in Germany.

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