Teen Birth Rate Hit Record Low in 2010

by Amy Porter on November 19, 2011

Courtesy of the CDC

Having just seen the new movie, GrowthBusters, I was intrigued by the CDC update.  If we’re concerned about overpopulation, this was good news.

And there’s more declining population data in their pupdate than what the headline suggests.  According to their report released November 17 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

“The birth rate for teenagers aged 15–19 has declined for the last three years and 17 out of the past 19 years, falling to 34.3 births per 1,000 teenagers in 2010 – a 9 percent decline from 2009 and the lowest rate ever recorded in nearly seven decades of collecting data.  Birth rates for younger and older teenagers and for all race/ethnic groups reached historic lows in 2010.”

Here are the other birth stats, courtesy of the CDC:

  • The total number of births in the United States declined 3 percent in 2010.
  • The overall fertility rate also fell by 3 percent. This is the third straight decline for the overall fertility rate in the United States.
  • The total number of births to unmarried mothers declined for the second year in a row.
  • The birth rate for unmarried mothers also fell. The percentage of births to unmarried mothers also declined slightly in 2010.
  • The birth rate for women in their early twenties fell 6 percent in 2010.  The rates also fell for women in their late twenties and thirties. However, the birth rate for women in their early forties increased  making it the highest birth rate for this age group since 1967.
  • The preterm birth rate declined for the fourth straight year in 2010, a 6 percent drop from 2006.
  • The low birth weight rate was essentially unchanged between 2009 and 2010 , but is down slightly from the record high of 8.3 in 2006.

The full report is available at:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr60/nvsr60_02.pdf 

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