Teen pregnancy and childbearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children. Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls.
Although adolescent pregnancy rates are on the decline, the United States still has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the developed worlds. According to a 2017 report by the Guttmacher Institute, the following statistics characterize teenage pregnancy in the U.S.
In addition to providing new state-level data for 2008, this report includes revised 2005 state teen pregnancy, birth and abortion rates using newly available final population data for years prior to the 2010 census. Data on the national teen pregnancy rate for 2008 were published at .
statistics through 2005 and national-level statistics to 2006.1 Updated national-level teen pregnancy statistics through 2008 were published in early 2012.2 A demographic rate is defined as the number of events (in this case, pregnancies, births or.