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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