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The rate of teen births in South Region is almost 5 times the rate in East Region.

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.     

  • Teen birth rates were higher in South Region than in all other regions.  Rates in Seattle were higher than in East and North Regions, which had similarly low rates.
  • At 27.7 per 1,000, West Kent had one of the highest teen birth rates in King County. All neighborhoods and cities with teen birth rates greater than the King County average were found in South King County and South Seattle.  These areas had teen birth rates 1.5 to almost 3 times higher than the county average (data not shown; for rates and maps for King County cities, see links below).
  • At this time, rates by school district are not available.

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