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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.

Poverty is one of the most important contributing factors to teenage pregnancy. In 2013, New Mexico ranked 2nd among all states and the District of Columbia in percentage of children living in poverty (30.1% of children age 0-17 in poverty).

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 2012 was 29.6%, compared to 24.5% 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 15-19, by County, New Mexico 2011-2013

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Data Sources

  • Birth Certificate Data, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Data Source: Geospatial and Population Studies Program, University of New Mexico.

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 01/30/2015, Published on 01/30/2015
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Content updated: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:51:40 MST