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Live Births to Teen Mothers


Live Births to Teen Mothers

What does this measure?

The number of babies born to females between ages 15 and 19, expressed as a rate per 1,000 females in this age range.

Why is this important?

Pregnancy can derail a young woman's life, preventing her from furthering her education or growing up to be self-sufficient. Babies born to teen mothers are at higher risk of having a low birth weight and of infant mortality compared to babies born to older mothers. They are also at risk of lower cognitive development, poor educational outcomes and living in poverty.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, Berks County's teen birth rate was 20 per 1,000, down 51% from 41 per 1,000 in 2000. Pennsylvania saw a similar drop during this period, while the nation's teen birth rate declined by a slightly larger margin, or 60%. The statewide teen birth rate was lower than in Berks County, at 15 per 1,000, but the national rate was similar.

The lowest teen birth rates in neighboring counties were found in Chester and Montgomery (both 6 per 1,000). Lebanon, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties had teen birth rates that were similar to Berks County. Lancaster was lower, at 13 per 1,000. All the comparison counties saw declines in their teen birth rates since 2000, ranging from 37% in Schuylkill County to 68% in Chester County.

Notes about the data

Rates do not represent a unique count of births as a female may have more than one pregnancy within a given year.

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Live Births to Teen Mothers
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania343231302929303130292725242119181615
Berks County413937363535403536363331312424212120
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County1919161615151714151413121099876
Lancaster County353130282926282931282423202017161313
Lebanon County364037303432323237353530322425222017
Lehigh County403537363738364139373331272624231920
Montgomery County1915141516151515151514101088766
Schuylkill County322831352731353434323131302423192520

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 females 15 to 19 years old.




Number of Live Births to Teen Mothers
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania14,17713,56712,96112,92512,79112,91013,59913,84113,72412,85011,95910,81610,0498,6577,8927,2186,3855,899
Berks County538513494498505519604543563571508471463356351311309294
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County284289248260248252304254272253236223182159169139125113
Lancaster County586527510484518476528553594525451421368372300294240231
Lebanon County142157143118135135136138158150149129135103105948773
Lehigh County402359387393419433434502472451399372320308285267221241
Montgomery County420343336369392372392393374388344272259214212186160148
Schuylkill County1401221361531141341481421461311251241179286709173

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Live births to females 15 to 19 years old.




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