Females 15 to 19 who delay childbearing until adulthood, by race and ethnicity in the United States

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Definitions: Percent of females ages 15 to 19 who did not have a birth in their teen years. The number of teen mothers is calculated by adding all first births to 15 to 19 year olds in the current year to all first births to 14 to 18 year olds in the previous year, and all first births to 13 to 17 year olds in the year before, etc. Then, females who delayed childbearing is calculated by subtracting the estimated number of teen mothers from the population of 15-19 year old girls in each state. Because data is pooled for some years, some teen mothers who gave birth when they are very young are excluded from these estimates.

Data Source: Child Trends analysis of data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics.

Footnotes: Updated: October 2017
S - Data are suppressed.
N.A.- Data are not available.