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 2019, 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 65%. The statewide teen birth rate was lower than in Berks County, at 13 per 1,000, but the national rate was similar.

The lowest teen birth rates in neighboring counties were found in Chester and Montgomery (at 5 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 41% in Schuylkill County to 76% 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
United States4845434141404141403834312926242220191717
Berks County4139373635354035363633313124242121201919
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County191916161515171415141312109987635
Lancaster County3531302829262829312824232020171713131212
Lebanon County3640373034323232373535303224252220172020
Lehigh County4035373637383641393733312726242218202019
Montgomery County191514151615151515151410108876666
Schuylkill County3228313527313534343231313024231925202219

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
United States468,990445,944425,493414,580415,262414,593435,436444,899434,758409,802367,678329,772305,388273,105249,078229,715209,809194,377179,871171,674
Berks County538513494498505519604543563571508471463356351311309294279280
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2842892482602482523042542722532362231821591691391251136484
Lancaster County586527510484518476528553594525451421368372300294240231208212
Lebanon County1421571431181351351361381581501491291351031059487738985
Lehigh County402359387393419433434502472451399372320308285267221241243225
Montgomery County420343336369392372392393374388344272259214212186160148161148
Schuylkill County14012213615311413414814214613112512411792867091738170

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

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
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 County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing