What are some facts and statistics about teen pregnancy?


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As of 2015, teen mothers make up 8 percent of all U.S. births, and nearly 6 percent of all girls aged between 15 and 19 get pregnant yearly, reports About.com. Compared to other developed nations, teenage pregnancies in the United States are higher. The likelihood of a teenager attending college decreases once she becomes pregnant. While the Hispanic teen pregnancy rate has been falling since 2007, Hispanics account for the highest teen birth rates in the United States.

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Teen parents are more likely to depend on public assistant than their peers who do not have children during their teenage years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2013, Hispanic teens accounted for 41.7 births per 1,000 teens in the United States, followed by black adolescents at 39 births per 1,000 teens. However, there has been a 45 percent decline in Hispanic teen births since 2007 compared with 37 percent decline for blacks, according to About.com.

Teens aged between 18 and 19 account for 66.7 percent of teen pregnancies in the United States, while 60 percent of teen pregnancies end in birth. Few teens are likely to get pregnant before they turn 15, and reports show only 5.4 pregnancies occur per 1,000 teens aged 14 and younger, states About.com. Approximately 80 percent of teen pregnancies are unplanned or occur when adolescents are not ready for parenthood, reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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