Teen Pregnancy Rates By State 2019

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.

The top 10 states with the lowest teen pregnancy rates are:

* Rates are per 100,000 people
State Teen Pregnancy Rate 2019 Pop.
Arkansas32.83,026,412
Mississippi312,987,895
Oklahoma29.73,948,950
Louisiana29.14,652,581
Kentucky294,484,047
New Mexico27.92,096,034
Texas27.629,087,070
West Virginia27.11,791,951
Alabama274,898,246
Tennessee26.66,833,793
Wyoming24.6572,381
Indiana22.86,718,616
South Dakota22.6892,631
Missouri22.56,147,861
Alaska22735,720
Arizona227,275,070
Nevada21.93,087,025
Georgia21.910,627,767
South Carolina21.75,147,111
Kansas21.32,910,931
Montana21.21,074,532
Ohio20.811,718,568
North Carolina20.610,497,741
Hawaii19.11,416,589
Idaho18.61,790,182
Delaware18.5975,033
Florida18.221,646,155
Nebraska18.11,940,919
Illinois17.412,700,381
Michigan16.410,020,472
North Dakota16.2760,900
Colorado16.15,770,545
Iowa163,167,997
Utah15.23,221,610
California15.139,747,267
Oregon154,245,901
Virginia158,571,946
Washington14.87,666,343
Pennsylvania14.812,813,969
Maryland14.26,062,917
Wisconsin13.85,832,661
Maine13.11,342,097
New York12.519,491,339
Minnesota12.15,655,925
Rhode Island11.41,056,738
New Jersey10.38,922,547
Vermont10.1627,180
Connecticut8.83,567,871
New Hampshire8.41,363,852
Massachusetts8.16,939,373