Children and Youth
Live Births to Teen Mothers

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Live Births to Teen Mothers

What does this measure?

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

Why is this important?

Not only can teenage pregnancy derail a young woman's life, it also has far-reaching effects on children. The children of teen mothers are at risk of a variety of developmental and health problems and are more likely to have lower school achievement or drop out of school. Daughters of teenage mothers are more likely to give birth as teenagers themselves and sons are more likely to be incarcerated.

How is the region performing?

In 2019, there were 11 live births per 1,000 teen females in the region, tied with the state rate (excluding New York City) of 11. Since 2000, the regional rate decreased 59% from 26 per 1,000, in line with the state trend. As of 2019, Sullivan County had the highest rate in the region (21), followed by Columbia (16). Rates were substantially lower in Putnam (2), followed by Dutchess (7).

Notes about the data

Rates do not represent a unique count of births--a female may have more than one live birth within a given year. Multiple births, such as twins or triplets, are counted as one live birth.

Live Births to Teen Mothers
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Region262522211919192119191816151312121011911
Columbia County343019332324212425262522192216814111016
Dutchess County221918161513151413131412119897767
Greene County28222921212721311630241522181411771114
Orange County2930252524242225252321211816151614151112
Putnam County58876647745654423322
Sullivan County4437333931353436283226252727201718171421
Ulster County24262420191621212018171414101112710911
NYS (excluding NYC)2826242321212222222120181816141313121111
U.S.4845434141404141403834312926242220191717

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health
Notes: Rate per 1,000 females 15 to 19 years old.




Number of Live Births to Teen Mothers
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Region918919829838780781798882813784734661604507458447380401322392
Columbia County6356386547524450525246383235261221161422
Dutchess County214197187175169149173167153153166138123979410173756478
Greene County38324332334132482443332029231713881214
Orange County344362305319309323299356352313295294254216200210190201144168
Putnam County132423212020142224141619171413710975
Sullivan County1089385101809392100758666626361453639363044
Ulster County138155148125122103144139133123112908661636839565161
NYS (excluding NYC)10,1899,8019,3268,9298,5358,6498,9089,1918,9978,6527,9757,3336,9346,1515,4774,9834,6664,3734,0273,995
U.S.468,990445,944425,493414,580415,262414,593435,436444,899434,758409,802367,678329,772305,388273,105249,078229,715209,809194,377179,871171,674

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
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
Change in Total Jobs Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Decreasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Decreasing
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 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
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 Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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