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Live Births to Teen Mothers


Live Births to Teen Mothers

What does this measure?

The share of girls ages 15 to 19 in a geographic area who have given birth in a given year.

Why is this important?

Pregnancy can derail a young woman's life, preventing her from furthering her education or growing up to be self-sufficient. Babies born to teen mothers are at higher risk of having a low birth weight and of infant mortality compared to babies born to older mothers. They are also at risk of lower cognitive development, poor educational outcomes and living in poverty.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 2.1% of teenage girls (ages 15-19) in Erie County gave birth. This was slightly higher than the state rate of 1.5% and the national rate of 1.9%.

The share of girls ages 15 to 19 who gave birth has fallen 50% in Erie since 2000, a smaller decline than the decreases at the state (58%) and national level (59%).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Erie's 2017 rate was similar to Luzerne, PA and above the rate in Broome County, NY of 1.4%. Erie's reduction was larger than Luzerne but lower than Broome County, NY.

Notes about the data

Rates do not represent a unique count of births as a female may have more than one pregnancy within a given year. National data are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; state- and county-level data are from state and local health departments.

Live Births to Teen Mothers
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
United States4.8%4.5%4.3%4.1%4.1%4.0%4.1%4.1%4.0%3.8%3.4%3.1%2.9%2.6%2.4%2.2%2.0%1.9%
Pennsylvania3.4%3.2%3.1%3.0%2.9%2.9%3.0%3.1%3.0%2.9%2.7%2.5%2.4%2.1%1.9%1.8%1.6%1.5%
Erie County, PA3.6%4.1%3.7%3.6%3.4%3.6%3.5%4.1%3.7%3.1%3.3%3.0%2.8%2.5%2.7%2.2%1.9%2.1%
Broome County, NY3.1%2.7%2.7%2.5%2.4%2.3%2.7%2.4%2.2%2.4%2.0%2.1%1.9%1.8%1.6%1.4%1.4%1.4%
Luzerne County, PA2.7%2.8%2.7%2.6%2.9%2.9%3.0%3.2%3.2%3.1%3.2%2.7%2.8%2.5%2.3%2.5%2.2%2.1%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate is per females 15 to 19 years old.




Number of Live Births to Teen Mothers
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
United States468,990445,944425,493414,580415,262414,593435,436444,899434,758409,802367,678329,772305,388273,105249,078229,715209,809194,377
Pennsylvania14,17713,56712,96112,92512,79112,91013,59913,84113,72412,85011,95910,81610,0498,6577,8927,2186,3855,899
Erie County, PA400449402389366385390457408342365318290251271211180200
Broome County, NY23621221419619118521719317518715116414513712010410298
Luzerne County, PA273281268265298301310339340330332279279241223240204194

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Live births to females 15 to 19 years old.




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing