Despite the recent popularity of shows like 16 and Pregnant, teenage pregnancy has reached an all-time low. At the same time, rates remain high for Hispanics.
The latest numbers from the CDC show that the teen birth rate in 2010 dropped by 9 percent from 2009 to 34.3 births per 1,000 women aged 15-19—the lowest point since record keeping started in 1946 and a 64 percent lower than the all-time high in 1957. Still, while there have been decreases across all ages and ethnic groups, some racial/ethnic gaps persist:
- Asian or Pacific Islanders: 10.9 births per 1,000 teens
- Whites: 23.5 per 1,000 teens
- American Indian or Alaska native: 38.7 per 1,000 teens
- African-Americans: 51.5 per 1,000 teens
- Hispanic: 55.7 per 1,000 teens
Also, teen birth rates did not drop in three states: Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia.
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