Teen Childbearing in Rural America

A graph illustrating teen pregnancy rates by population density
Over the past 20 years, the birth rate among teen girls living in major urban centers ("large central" in the graph) has plummeted by 49 percent. Over the same period, rural counties had a much slower decline of 32 percent. In 2010, rural counties' teen birth rate was nearly one-third higher than the rest of the country's.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s research brief “Teen Childbearing in Rural America” (PDF, 1.6MB) published last year, features the first-ever data comparing teen childbearing in U.S. rural, suburban and urban areas. The researchers found that teen childbearing was highest in rural areas, regardless of age or race and ethnicity. That’s a reversal of trends from the early 1990s, when teen pregnancy was considered more of a city problem.

In this slideshow, we present some of the other marquee findings from the report, as well as The National Campaign's initial investigation into why the trend has arisen and what we can do about it. Graphs and data are courtesy of The National Campaign. The full report will be available later this year.

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