Children & Youth
Live Births to Teen Mothers


Live Births to Teen Mothers

What does this measure?

The number of babies born to females between ages 15 and 19, expressed as a rate per 1,000 females in this age range.

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, Berks County's teen birth rate was 20 per 1,000, down 51% from 41 per 1,000 in 2000. Pennsylvania saw a similar drop during this period, while the nation's teen birth rate declined by a slightly larger margin, or 60%. The statewide teen birth rate was lower than in Berks County, at 15 per 1,000, but the national rate was similar.

The lowest teen birth rates in neighboring counties were found in Chester and Montgomery (both 6 per 1,000). Lebanon, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties had teen birth rates that were similar to Berks County. Lancaster was lower, at 13 per 1,000. All the comparison counties saw declines in their teen birth rates since 2000, ranging from 37% in Schuylkill County to 68% in Chester County.

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.

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Live Births to Teen Mothers
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
United States484543414140414140383431292624222019
Pennsylvania343231302929303130292725242119181615
Berks County413937363535403536363331312424212120
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County1919161615151714151413121099876
Lancaster County353130282926282931282423202017161313
Lebanon County364037303432323237353530322425222017
Lehigh County403537363738364139373331272624231920
Montgomery County1915141516151515151514101088766
Schuylkill County322831352731353434323131302423192520

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 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
Berks County538513494498505519604543563571508471463356351311309294
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County284289248260248252304254272253236223182159169139125113
Lancaster County586527510484518476528553594525451421368372300294240231
Lebanon County142157143118135135136138158150149129135103105948773
Lehigh County402359387393419433434502472451399372320308285267221241
Montgomery County420343336369392372392393374388344272259214212186160148
Schuylkill County1401221361531141341481421461311251241179286709173

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




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing