Teen birth for 15- to 17-year-old females, by mother's place of residence

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Teenage childbearing can have long-term negative effects for mother and child. Babbies born to teens are far more likely to be born preterm and at a low birth weight - and into families with limited educational and economic resources, which indermines their future success. Children born to teen mothers tend to have poorer academic and behavioral outcomes and are more likely to engage in sexual activity and become teen mothers themselves. Although currently at a historic low, the teen birth rate in United States remains the highest among affluent countries with 20 births per 1,000 teens, while Puerto Rico, even though this indicator has been decreasing, there is a teen birth rate of almost 30 births per 1,000 teens.
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