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Although teen births in King County have fallen to historic lows, disparities by race/ethnicity are substantial.

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 demographic comparisons, the 2006-2010 rate was 9.6 per 1,000. Despite overall declines in teen births since the early 1990s, large disparities remain.

  • The birth rate for Latina teens was 6 times the rate for Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander teens.
  • The birth rate among American Indian/Native American teens was higher than that of all other groups except Latinas.
  • The birth rate for Black teens was almost double the rate for White teens.