Fewer teens in America having children

October 21, 2010 9:42:42 AM PDT
Fewer teenagers are becoming mothers.

The rate dropped nearly 2.5 percent in the most recent government survey to just over 41 births in 1,000 teens.

The number is highest in the South. The lowest is in the Northeast and upper Midwest.

Teen parents are less likely to pursue higher education, and their children are less likely to be healthy.

Hispanic teens give birth at a rate of nearly three times that of whites, and black teenagers are twice as likely to have babies as whites.


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