This report contains the most current teenage pregnancy, birth and abortion statistics available,with national estimates through 2006, and state-level estimates through 2005. The report includestables showing annual national rates and numbers of teenage pregnancies, births and abortionsthrough 2006; state-level rates of pregnancy, birth and abortion in 2005; and state-level numbersof teenage pregnancies, births, abortions and miscarriages, as well as population counts. Thereport concludes with a discussion of the methodology and sources used to obtain the estimates.
National levels and trends
• In 2006, 750,000 women younger than 20 became pregnant. The
was 71.5pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, and pregnancies occurred among about 7% of womenin this age-group.• In 2005, the U.S. teenage pregnancy rate reached its lowest point in more than 30 years (69.5),down 41% since its peak in 1990 (116.9). However, in 2006, the rate increased for the first timein more than a decade, rising 3%.• The pregnancy rate among sexually experienced teenagers (those who had ever hadintercourse) was 152.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, reflecting the fact that theoverall teenage pregnancy rate includes a substantial proportion of young people who are notsexually active. The pregnancy rate among sexually experienced teenagers also increased for thefirst time in over a decade, rising 3% from 2005 to 2006.• The teenage
in 2006 was 41.9 births per 1,000 women. This was 32% lower than thepeak rate of 61.8, reached in 1991, but 4% higher than in 2005.• The 2006 teenage
was 19.3 abortions per 1,000 women. This figure was 56%lower than its peak in 1988, but 1% higher than the 2005 rate.• From 1986 to 2006, the proportion of teenage pregnancies ending in abortion declined almostone-third, from 46% to 32% of pregnancies among 15–19-year-olds.
National levels by race and ethnicity
• Among black women aged 15–19, the nationwide pregnancy rate fell by 45% (from 223.8 per1,000 to 122.7) between 1990 and 2005, before increasing to 126.3 in 2006.• Among non-Hispanic white teenagers, the pregnancy rate declined 50% in the same period(from 86.6 per 1,000 to 43.3), before increasing to 44.0 in 2006.2