Births to single teens

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According to the Center for Disease Control,"Giving birth during the teen years has been linked with increased medical risks and emotional, social, and financial costs to the mother and her children. Becoming a teen mom affects whether the mother finishes high school, goes to college, and the type of job she will get, especially for younger teens ages 15 to 17."
For more info  .CDC Parenting and young teens 

What the data shows
For the state as a whole, the teen birth rate has been declining steadily during the period 1997 to 2017. Indeed, the 2017 teen birth rate as a percentage of all births in Maine is less than half what it was in 1998, 3.7% of all births compared to 8.5%.

In the latest year, 2017, the percent of births that were teen births varied between a high of 9.6% of all births in Somerset County to 1.4% of all births in Cumberland County.  Every county has seen declines in the percent of births to teens since 1997, however two counties have not seen improvement since 2012: Lincoln County and Somerset County. Both counties continue to have rates above the statewide average in 2017.


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