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The teen birth rate among Latinas continues to decline.

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.

Teen birth rates in King County have declined from a peak of 23.9 per 1,000 females ages 15-17 in 1992 to 8.2 per 1,000 in 2010 (data not shown). For trend graphs, 3-year rolling averages are shown to smooth out the effects of year-to-year fluctuations.

  • Births to Latina teens in King County declined significantly from 2001 to 2010.
  • This trend echoes earlier declines in teen births (from the early 1990s until the early 2000s) among American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asians/Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Blacks, and Whites. Over the past decade, teen birth rates in these groups have leveled off (data not shown).