February 25, Norman Pogson Dreamstime Teen pregnancy rates are highest in New Mexico and lowest in New Hampshire, according to a new report on the most current state-level data on pregnancy, birthrates and abortions among to year-olds. The data is from , the most current year that comprehensive information is available, according to the reproductive rights agency the Guttmacher Institute. Though 16 states did see an increase in teen pregnancies between and , the analysis suggests that overall rates are continuing their decades-long decline. Additionally, teens increasingly use the most effective birth-control methods, including hormonal methods and long-acting contraceptive methods like the IUD. By contrast, there has been less change in teens' levels of sexual activity.
Africa[ edit ] Adolescent fertility correlates strongly with poverty in African nations. The highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the world — per 1, girls aged 15—19 years — is in sub-Saharan Africa. Niger , Mali , Angola , Guinea and Mozambique. Of these, 9 were in sub-Saharan Africa, and Niger, Liberia , and Mali were the nations where girls were the most at-risk. In the 10 highest-risk nations, more than one in six teenage girls between the ages of 15 to 19 gave birth annually, and nearly one in seven babies born to these teenagers died before the age of one year. The rate of early marriage is higher in rural regions than it is in urbanized areas. Fertility rates in South Asia range from 71 to births a trend towards increasing age at marriage for both sexes.
Read Transcript The teen birth rate in the United States rose in for the first time since , and unmarried childbearing also rose significantly, according to preliminary birth statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC. The statistics are featured in a new report, "Births: A final report to follow will have more detailed data.