Health >> Teen Births >> Trend by Poverty

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From 2001 to 2010, trends in teen birth rates were unrelated to neighborhood poverty in King County.

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.

For trend graphs, 3-year rolling averages are shown to smooth out the effects of year-to-year fluctuations.

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.  

  • From 1990 to 2003, teen birth rates declined steeply in high-poverty neighborhoods and more modestly in medium- and low-poverty neighborhoods (data not shown).
  • From 2001 to 2010, however, teen birth rates did not change in high-, medium-, or low-poverty neighborhoods.