The teen pregnancy rate is on the decline

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

A quick review of the pregnancy rate among U.S. teens shows that the trend is decreasing. For example, in 2008 there were around 68 teen pregnancies per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 in the U.S. In 2009 and 2010, the rate decreased to approximately 64 and 58 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls respectively. There were about 52 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls in 2011 and 48 in 2012. In 2013, the rate dipped again to around 43 teen pregnancies per 1,000 women aged between 15 and 19 years in the U.S. — the lowest in the last 25 years. Clearly, that is a huge decrease.

Our next chart depicts the U.S. states with the highest number of pregnancies among teenagers in 2013. California had the highest number in the country with nearly 57,000 pregnancies among teens between the ages of 15 to 19 years old. Texas ranked second (53,000 teen pregnancies), while New York came in third (28,700 teen pregnancies). Florida and Illinois had 26,050 and 18,420 teen pregnancies respectively.

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About Pavel Prikhodko

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Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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