The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has been on a steady decline since 2009. As of 2017, there were 18.8 births for every 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19. Despite these lower rates, however, the U.S. continues to have the highest teen pregnancy rate of all developed nations.
In some states, the teen pregnancy rate is quire high. According to data from 2017, the state with the highest teen birth rate was Arkansas. For every 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19, 32.8 gave birth. Mississippi came in second place with 31 births for every 1,000 females. Rounding out the top 3 is Oklahoma, which has a birth rate of 29.7.
Based on this data, the top 10 states for teen pregnancy are:
On the other end of the spectrum are the states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the nation. The lowest rate is found in Massachusetts, where 8.1 out of every 1,000 15-to-19-year-old girls gave birth. New Hampshire has the second lowest teen pregnancy rate at 8.4. Connecticut isn’t too far behind with a birth rate of 8.8.