CDC Updates - New 2011 data
Fact Sheets by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
- The United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy, births, and abortion in the fully industrialized world. (1)
- Three in ten girls in the U.S. become pregnant at least once before age 20; that’s over 750,000 teen pregnancies a year. (1)
- Although the U.S. birth rate for 15 to 19 year olds declined by 30% over the past decade, it rose by 3 percent in 2006. (1)
- The birth rate for teenagers fell 9% to 34.3 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2010, the lowest level ever reported for the United States - read the full report here.
State of Georgia Data
GCAPP has launched a statewide 15 by 15 goal, to achieve a 15% reduction in the adolescent pregnancy rate for girls ages 15 to 19 in Georgia by year 2015. As of 2011, the birth rate has decreased by 30%. For a fact sheet of Georgia statistics, please click here.
- Georgia has the 14th highest teen birth rate in the nation. (2)
- In 2011, there were 12,910 births to teens age 15-19 in GA, or 37.9 per 1,000 teens. These numbers represent an 8% decline in one year. (3)
- In 2010, 19.8 percent of all births among teens ages 15-19 years old were repeat births. (7)
- In 2009, there were 20,886 teen pregnancies in Georgia; 10,170 were among African-Americans and 2,544 were among Hispanics. Also in 2009, there were 5,478 repeat pregnancies among teens. (4)
- In 2010, the birth rate of African-American girls was 6,545 and the birth rate of Hispanic girls was 2,283. The birth rate of Caucasian girls (non-Hispanic) was 4,711. (4).
- The birth rate is 28.1 among Caucasians, compared to 48.7 among African Americans and 72.0 among Hispanic/Latinos. (9)
- There were 10,335 first births among teens in 2010, and 2,828 subsequent births. This translates to 15% among Caucasians, 23% among Hispanics, and 25% among African-Americans. (4)
- Between 1991-2008, the teen birth rate decreased in Georgia by 32%. Between 1990-2008, it was down 41% among Caucasians, up 81% among Hispanics, and down 47% among African-Americans. (4)
- Over the last decade, the birth rate in Georgia among girls ages 10-19 years old has declined, from 32.2 in 1999 to 21.1 in 2010. (7)
- Births to 10-14 year olds made up 1.5% of all births to 10-19 year olds in 2009, and the numbers have been declining. (7)
- Over 44 births occur in each day in Georgia.
- According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Georgia is ranked 21th for highest chlamydia rate in the United States, 11th for gonorrhea, 4th for Syphilis, and 9th in AIDS cases nationally. (10)
Preventing teen pregnancy is an effective strategy for improving child well-being in our state. Many of the individual indicators of child well-being in which Georgia ranks in the bottom 10 of the 50 states are highly interrelated with teen pregnancy.
- Teen Childbearing in Georgia Costs Taxpayers $465 Million Annually. Annual taxpayer costs associated with teen pregnancy include public health care, child welfare, increased rates of incarceration of children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue due to decreased earnings and spending. (6)
- Between 1991 and 2008 there were 319,892 teen births in Georgia, costing taxpayers $9.5 billion. (6)
- Georgia has seen a 32% decline in the teen birth rate between 1991 and 2008, which saved taxpayers an estimated $361 million. (6)
- 42nd overall in child well-being (5)
- 38th in low-birthweight babies - Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely and at low birth weight. (5)
- 42nd in infant mortality - Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely, raising the probability of infant mortality. (5)
- 40th in teen birth rates (5)
- 36th for teens not in school and not high school graduates (5)
- 45th for teens not attending school and not working - Teen mothers are less likely to complete the education necessary to qualify for well-paying jobs. Plus, having multiple children compounds the challenges a teen mother faces to finish school or keep a job. (5)
- 36th for children in poverty (5)
- 43rd for single-parent families - Evidence demonstrates that unmarried teen mothers are at greater risk for long term single motherhood and poverty for themselves and their children. (5)
1. Why it matters: Linking Teen Pregnancy Prevention to Other Critical Social Issues (March 2010) - The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
2. The Anne E Casey Foundation
3. Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS), Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health, Office of Health Information and Policy.
4. Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS), Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health, Office of Health Information and Policy.
5. Anne E. Casey Fondation 2010 Data Book
6. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
7. Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS), Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health, Office of Health Information and Policy.
8. Georgia Department of Public Health
9. Online Analytical Statistical Information System (OASIS), Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Public Health, Office of Health Information and Policy.
10. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2011). 50 State Comparisons.