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 2019, the annual average number of births to teens who had not finished high school was less than  half what it was for the five year period ending in 2008, 184 births per year for  2015-2019, compared to 500 births per year for 2004-2008.

In terms of  county data, in 2019, Somerset, Waldo and Androscoggin had the highest rates per 1,000 girls ages 10 -19, of 6.0 and 4.2 per 1,000 girls ages 10 -19. The counties with the rates of 1.3 to 1.5 per 1,000 were Cumberland, Hancock and Penobscot.
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The rate of births to single teenage 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 2019 is for the years 2015-2019.

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; 2019 represents the average of data from 2015-2019; 2018 represents the average of data from 2014 -2018, etc. The rate is rate per 1,000 females ages 10 -19.

Last uploaded data: March 2021