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 2020, there were 8 live births per 1,000 teen females in the region, lower than the state rate (excluding New York City) of 10. Since 2000, the regional rate decreased 68% from 26 per 1,000, in line with the state trend. As of 2020, Sullivan County had the highest rate in the region (16), followed by Greene (13). Rates were substantially lower in Putnam (3), followed by Dutchess (6).

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
Columbia County34301933232421242526252219221681411101610
Dutchess County2219181615131514131314121198977676
Greene County2822292121272131163024152218141177111413
Orange County293025252424222525232121181615161415111210
Putnam County588766477456544233223
Sullivan County443733393135343628322625272720171817142116
Ulster County242624201916212120181714141011127109117
NYS (excluding NYC)282624232121222222212018181614131312111110

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
Columbia County635638654752445052524638323526122116142214
Dutchess County21419718717516914917316715315316613812397941017375647863
Greene County3832433233413248244333202923171388121412
Orange County344362305319309323299356352313295294254216200210190201144168131
Putnam County13242321202014222414161917141371097510
Sullivan County108938510180939210075866662636145363936304434
Ulster County13815514812512210314413913312311290866163683956516137
NYS (excluding NYC)10,1899,8019,3268,9298,5358,6498,9089,1918,9978,6527,9757,3336,9346,1515,4774,9834,6664,3734,0273,9953,500

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