Adolescent birth rate drops across all racial groups

Teen-pregnancyThe Pew Research Center data shows Hispanics are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. About one-third, or 17.9 million, of the nation’s 55.3M Hispanic population is younger than 18, and about a quarter, or 14.6 million, of all Hispanics are Millennials (ages 18 to 33 in 2014). As NLCI reviews the 2016 edition of America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, in 2014, the adolescent birth rates have declined for all groups. Racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent birth rates also have declined, although substantial differences persist. The annual report is published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 23 federal agencies that collect, analyze and report data on conditions and trends related to child and family well-being. The report tracks 41 indicators of child well-being, using statistics from federal researchers and highlights these indicators by race and ethnicity. For example, 10% of Hispanic children are not insured. Making this a critical indicator on the well-being of Latino children. We encourage you to read through this report for other critical indicators.

The teen birth rate dropped for another consecutive year, continuing a long-term decline in teen pregnancy, according to the most recent yearly report on the status of America’s children and youth.

According to the 2016 edition of America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, in 2014, the adolescent birth rate was 11 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 years, down from 12 per 1,000 in 2013. Racial and ethnic disparities in adolescent birth rates also have declined, although substantial differences persist.

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