Births to single teens who have not completed 12 years of school in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

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 before completing high school reduces the likelihood of finishing high school, as well as whether she goes to college, and the type of job she will get.  For more info see: 

CDC: Pregnancy in Young Teens

What the Data Shows

For the state as a whole, the teen birth rate to teens who have not graduated college has been declining steadily.  For the five year period ending in 2016, the annual average number of births to teens who had not finished high school was approximately half what it was for the five year period ending in 2008: 500 births in 2008 vs 252 in 2016.
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Definitions: The rate of births to single teenaged mothers ages 10-19 who have not completed 12 years of school. The rate is per 1,000 females ages 10-19. These data are reported by the mother's place of residence at the time of the birth.The numerator is the average number of births in one year calculated using the 5-year total and the denominator is the number of females ages 10 -19 in the state.
The year of the data is the last year of the 5 year period, i.e. data showing for 2016 is for the years 2012-2016.

Data Source:

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics


Footnotes: Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2016 represents the average of data from 2012-2016, 2012 represents the average of data from 2008-2012, etc.

2012 and 2013 data were sent in draft form and may not have had complete information about abortions.

Last uploaded data: June 2019