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Indicator Report - Teen Birth Rate

Why Is This Important?

Factors in New Mexico's high teen pregnancy rates are poverty, education, rural vs. urban population and access to services.

In 2011, New Mexico ranked 2nd in percentage of children living in poverty, one of the most important contributing factors to teenage pregnancy.

Teens who have dropped out of school are more likely to become pregnant and have a child than their peers who stay in school. The NM high school dropout rate in 2011 was 37%, compared to 22% nationally.

Teen parenthood is most common in rural areas.

There is a lack of access to family planning services with all but one of NM counties classified as a health professional shortage area.



Teen Birth Rate Girls Age 15-17, by Race and Ethnicity 2010-2012

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Data Notes

U.S. data are for 2009.

Data Sources

  • Birth Certificate Data, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) public use data file.

Other Views


Teen 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

Numerator: The number of births to females in the age group per year.
Denominator: The population of females in the age group per year.

Page Content Updated On 10/10/2013, Published on 10/10/2013
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Content updated: Tue, 8 Oct 2013 14:53:50 MDT