Indicator Report - Teen Birth Rate - Girls Age 15-17, by County 2008-2010
Why Is This Important?Early pregnancy and childbearing is closely linked to a host of other critical social issues, including poverty and income disparity, overall child well-being, out-of-wedlock births, and education, to name just a few. Simply put, if more children in this country were born to parents who are ready and able to care for them, we would see a significant reduction in a host of social problems afflicting children in the United States, from school failure and crime to child abuse and neglect.
Teen childbearing is costly to the public sector - federal, state, and local governments and the taxpayers who support them. Reducing teen pregnancy will enhance overall child well-being. The children of teen mothers bear the greatest burden of teen pregnancy and childbearing, and are at significantly increased risk for a number of economic, social, and health problems.
Preventing teen pregnancy is critical to improving not only the lives of today's young women and men but also to enhancing the future prospects of their children. Indeed, one of the surest ways to improve overall child well-being is to reduce the proportion of children born to teen mothers.
Linking Teen Pregnancy Prevention to Other Critical Social Issues, March 2010, National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Washington DC.
Teen Birth Rate - Girls Age 15-17, by County 2008-2010
Births to Adolescent Girls Age 15-17 per 1,000 Girls Age 15-17 in the Population by County, New Mexico, 2008-2010
The counties are shaded according to whether the county rate is lower, higher, or the same as the New Mexico statewide overall rate. A county rate is considered statistically higher than the state overall if the lower limit of the county rate 95% confidence interval was higher than the state rate. A county rate is considered statistically lower than the state overall if the upper limit of the county rate 95% confidence interval was lower than the state rate.
Data NotesU.S. data are for 2009.
Data SourcesBirth Certificate Data, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) public use data file.
DefinitionTeen Birth Rate is the number of births to females in the age group per 1,000 of the age group female population.
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 04/17/2012, Published on 06/14/2012