Teen births by race and ethnicity in the United States

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Definitions: Births to teenagers age 15 through 19 by race and ethnicity.  Rate is per 1,000 females between age 15 and 19.

This measure of teenage childbearing focuses on the fertility of all females ages 15 to 19, regardless of marital status. It should be noted that these figures represent the race of the mother, not the race of the child. This is important because increasing numbers of children are born to parents of different races. On birth certificates, as on most federal data collection forms, the question regarding whether a person is Hispanic is separate from the question asking whether a person is white, black, Asian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian. Thus, people are asked to select a racial group and to indicate whether they are of Hispanic origin. Race/ethnic groups represented in this table are not mutually exclusive.

The category of white includes only non-Hispanic white. The categories Black or African American, American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Two or more races include both Hispanic and non-Hispanic. Those in the Hispanic or Latino category include those who may have identified as being in one of the non-White race groups.

Data Source: PRB analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data: National Center for Health Statistics, CDC Wonder 2016-2019 birth data.

Base population statistics: Vintage 2016-2019 population estimates, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau. 

Footnotes: Updated February 2021.
N.A. - Data not available.
S - Data suppressed due to small number of cases