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CDC: Teen Pregnancy Rate Dropped To ‘Historic Low For The Nation’ In 2014

The decline, while a historic low, is consistent with a downward trend in teen pregnancies since 1991, according to the agency.

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The teen pregnancy rate has fallen to a record low, according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to new data released by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics on Wednesday, the birth rate for teenagers between the ages of fifteen and nineteen in 2014 fell 9 percent from 2013 to 24.2 births per 1,000 women.

The decline, while a historic low, is consistent with a downward trend in teen pregnancies since 1991, according to the agency.

Since 1991, the birth rate for women aged 15-19 has fallen 61 percent.

Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics,
National Vital Statistics System

The birth rate for teenagers for women between fifteen and nineteen declined in 43 states and Washington, D.C. from 2013 to 2014, and remained “essentially unchanged” in Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Maine, Vermont, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics,
National Vital Statistics System

The decline in pregnancies for women aged 15-19 was present in all race groups.

Birth rates also fell to a record low for women in their early 20’s in 2014. The mean age of a woman during her first birth rose from 26.0 in 2013 to 26.3 in 2014.

Birth rates rose for women in their late 20’s, 30’s, and early 40’s in 2014.

According to the data, there were 3,988,076 births registered in the United States in 2014, an increase of one percent from 2013.

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