Regional planning districts-births to single teens

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Why This Indicator Matters

This is the percentage of all births to single teens under age 20. The indicator is included because teen childbearing has been shown to diminish the opportunities of both the child and the mother. Births to females under age 18 are particularly problematic because most of the teens are not married and have not completed high school. Children of teen mothers are more likely to be born with a low birth weight have health problems, and need hospitalization.
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Definitions: The number of all live births to single females under the age of 20.

The percent is the number of births to single teens as a percent of total births.

Data Source: South Dakota Department of Health -http://doh.sd.gov/

Footnotes: Updated 18 December 2017