Children And Youth
Teen Pregnancy

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Teen Pregnancy

What does this measure?

The number of pregnancies among females ages 12 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 2020, the rate of teen pregnancies in the Mid-Hudson Valley region was 0.9%, below the statewide rate (excluding New York City) and down 2 percentage points from 2000. The region and statewide rates for 2020 dropped slightly from 2019. Teen pregnancy rates were higher in Sullivan (1.5%), and Greene and Orange counties (both at 1%) than in Putnam (0.4%).

Among the larger communities in the region in 2020, Middletown (2.9%), in Orange County and Poughkeepsie (3.5%) in Dutchess County, had the highest teen pregnancy rates, while Beacon (1.6%), in Dutchess County and Woodbury (0.3%) in Orange County had the lowest.

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
NYS (excluding NYC)3.1%2.9%2.7%2.6%2.5%2.5%2.6%2.7%2.5%2.4%2.3%2.0%1.9%1.7%1.6%1.4%1.3%1.3%1.2%1.3%1.1%
Dutchess Cities
Beacon city, Dutchess County6.0%4.8%3.6%3.7%1.6%2.2%2.1%1.7%2.1%1.6%1.8%1.5%2.0%2.0%1.6%
Poughkeepsie city, Dutchess County8.7%7.2%8.1%7.3%7.9%7.0%4.5%4.9%4.0%4.4%3.9%4.9%4.0%4.4%3.5%
Orange Cities
Middletown city, Orange County6.7%8.6%8.2%8.9%7.3%6.1%5.5%4.3%2.9%4.4%3.2%4.6%4.3%3.7%2.9%
Newburgh city, Orange County8.3%8.5%8.2%8.0%6.5%6.8%5.3%5.3%5.1%4.9%5.1%3.7%3.2%2.6%2.0%
Orange Villages
Kiryas Joel village, Orange County1.1%1.8%1.5%0.9%2.2%2.7%2.6%1.8%2.3%2.8%3.0%3.7%2.1%3.0%2.2%
Woodbury village, Orange County0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.1%0.3%0.3%0.3%
Ulster Cities
Kingston city, Ulster County7.9%7.1%8.2%5.8%7.3%5.3%4.1%4.2%3.6%4.1%3.4%5.0%4.2%3.1%2.6%

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
NYS (excluding NYC)18,41117,88117,24116,54616,10116,12117,02117,14016,28815,39714,26312,23911,48010,1819,2458,2457,7227,3206,9276,9685,930
Dutchess Cities
Beacon city, Dutchess County463728281216151215111210131310
Poughkeepsie city, Dutchess County163137154137146129818770756681647154
Orange Cities
Middletown city, Orange County11014113514711899896946705173685946
Newburgh city, Orange County18018517917413914511211310710310778675442
Orange Villages
Kiryas Joel village, Orange County183024143544422937444858334835
Woodbury village, Orange County000001222
Ulster Cities
Kingston city, Ulster County948495658057434235403348402924

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 Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
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 Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Decreasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Economic Background Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Economic Background 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 Decreasing
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 Maintaining
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
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Decreasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
Babies with Low Birth Weights Increasing
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Increasing
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Renting Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Domestic Violence Decreasing