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Teens in high-poverty neighborhoods were 6.5 times more likely to give birth than those in low-poverty neighborhoods.

Fewer than 2 in 100 girls who give birth before age 18 finish college by age 30, and only 4 in 10 teen moms finish high school, limiting the opportunities they can offer to their children. In addition, infants born to mothers younger than 18 are at increased risk for low birthweight and death.

In 2010, the teen birth rate for King County was at an all-time low of 8.2 per 1,000 females ages 15-17. Averaging 5 years of data to make more robust demographic comparisons, the 2006-2010 rate was 9.6 per 1,000.     

  • Teens in high-poverty neighborhoods were more than 2 times as likely to give birth as those in medium-poverty neighborhoods and
  • Teens in high-poverty neighborhoods were 6.5 times as likely to give birth as those in low-poverty neighborhoods.