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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 2018, Berks County's teen birth rate was 19 per 1,000, down 53% 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 63%. The statewide teen birth rate was lower than in Berks County, at 14 per 1,000, but the national rate was similar.

The lowest teen birth rates in neighboring counties were found in Chester and Montgomery (at 4 and 6 per 1,000, respectively). Lebanon, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties had teen birth rates that were similar to Berks County. Lancaster was lower, at 12 per 1,000. All the comparison counties saw declines in their teen birth rates since 2000, ranging from 30% in Schuylkill County to 82% 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
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania34323130292930313029272524211918161514
Berks County41393736353540353636333131242421212019
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County19191616151517141514131210998764
Lancaster County35313028292628293128242320201717131312
Lebanon County36403730343232323735353032242522201720
Lehigh County40353736373836413937333127262422192020
Montgomery County19151415161515151515141010887666
Schuylkill County32283135273135343432313130242319252022

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
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania14,17713,56712,96112,92512,79112,91013,59913,84113,72412,85011,95910,81610,0498,6577,8927,2186,3855,8995,599
Berks County538513494498505519604543563571508471463356351311309294279
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County28428924826024825230425427225323622318215916913912511364
Lancaster County586527510484518476528553594525451421368372300294240231208
Lebanon County14215714311813513513613815815014912913510310594877389
Lehigh County402359387393419433434502472451399372320308285267221241243
Montgomery County420343336369392372392393374388344272259214212186160148161
Schuylkill County140122136153114134148142146131125124117928670917381

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




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