Children And Youth
Teen Pregnancy

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Teen Pregnancy

What does this measure?

The number of pregnancies among females ages 15 to 19, expressed as a percentage of females in that age group.

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. Pregnant teens are less likely to receive prenatal care, putting their babies at risk for premature births, low birth weight and infant mortality. Babies born to teen mothers are also at risk of child abuse or neglect, poor educational outcomes and living in poverty.

How is the region performing?

In 2017, the rate of teen pregnancies in the Mid-Hudson Valley region was 2.1%, similar to the statewide rate (excluding New York City) and down 3 percentage points from 2000. The region and statewide rates for 2017 were the lowest since 2000. Teen pregnancy rates were higher in Orange and Sullivan counties (2.7% and 3.1%, respectively) than in Putnam (0.6%) and Greene (0.8%). Among the larger communities in the region in 2017, Kingston had the highest teen pregnancy rate, at 8.3%, while Beacon had the lowest, at 2.4%.

Notes about the data

Rates do not represent a unique count of pregnancies--a female may have more than one pregnancy within a given year. Not all pregnancies result in live births.

Teen Pregnancy
Columbia County6.4%5.3%4.4%6.1%3.7%4.5%4.3%4.0%3.2%3.6%4.2%4.2%3.6%3.4%2.7%1.7%2.2%1.8%
Dutchess County4.5%4.3%3.9%3.2%3.4%3.4%3.7%3.4%3.1%2.8%2.6%2.3%1.9%2.1%1.8%1.7%1.5%1.6%
Greene County5.6%4.5%5.2%3.7%3.6%4.7%4.1%4.5%1.9%3.9%3.7%2.7%3.3%2.7%2.1%2.2%1.2%0.8%
Orange County5.9%6.0%5.2%4.7%4.6%4.7%4.7%5.2%5.3%4.8%4.2%3.9%3.4%3.1%2.8%2.9%2.8%2.7%
Putnam County0.8%1.4%2.1%1.4%1.1%1.4%1.0%1.9%1.6%1.0%1.1%0.8%0.8%0.8%0.9%0.5%0.6%0.6%
Sullivan County7.0%7.1%6.8%6.8%5.9%6.5%5.7%5.6%5.0%5.9%4.6%4.3%4.8%4.2%3.6%3.6%2.7%3.1%
Ulster County5.2%5.3%4.9%4.4%4.2%3.7%4.7%4.6%4.6%3.9%3.7%2.8%2.9%2.4%2.2%2.3%1.9%2.4%
NYS (excluding NYC)5.0%4.7%4.5%4.2%4.0%4.0%4.2%4.2%4.0%3.8%3.5%3.1%2.9%2.6%2.4%2.2%2.1%2.0%
Dutchess Cities
Orange Cities
Orange Villages
Kiryas Joel2.0%3.3%2.7%1.6%3.9%4.9%4.7%3.3%4.2%5.0%5.5%6.6%
Ulster Cities

Source: New York State Department of Health
Notes: Rates are percentage of all females ages 15-19. City-level pregnancy data has reliability concerns due to issues with reliable geocoding of abortions and miscarriages.

Number of Teen Pregnancies
Columbia County11999861227696908466717874615443263226
Dutchess County444446413349387390436400369327305270224236195185163173
Greene County77647757567264682957523744342526139
Orange County694730636588597626639727733669577546468419384392374367
Putnam County224161423545346454333628272831171918
Sullivan County1731791761761511731541551371591191051129779795968
Ulster County300311301277273244317307312259244175175141124133104131
NYS (excluding NYC)18,41117,88117,24116,54616,10116,12117,02117,14016,28815,39714,26312,23911,48010,1819,2458,2457,7227,320
Dutchess Cities
Orange Cities
Orange Villages
Kiryas Joel183024143544422937444858
Ulster Cities

Source: New York State Department of Health
Notes: Numbers are for females ages 15-19.

Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing