Births to teenage mothers 2018-2020 in Maine

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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
In 2020, of the 11,534 births in Maine, 396 were to females ages 10 -19, or 3.4% of all births.
The 2019 rate was lower at 2.9% of all births, but teen births were 4.2% of all births in 2018. In 2020, the counties with the highest rate of births to females under age 20 were Waldo, Piscataquis and Somerset, with rates of 7.3%, 6.5% and 5.5% of all births respectively. By contrast, the rate in Cumberland County for teen births was 1.2% and Hancock County was also under 2 percent at 1.9%. By numbers of teen births, Penobscot had the most teen births in 2020 at 56, followed by Kennebec at 52 and Androscoggin at 49.
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Definitions: The number and percent of births to teenage mothers under age 20. This data is reported as a percent of all live births.  Births are reported by the mother's place of residence at the time of the birth.
The numerator is the number of births to mothers ages 10 -19 and the denominator is the number of births by females of any age. If there are 5 or fewer teen births, but the number and the percent are suppressed, and represented by an s.

Footnotes: Beginning with 2018, data is reported as females age 10 -19 who give birth. Marital status is not recorded.

Updated: February 2022