Health >> Teen Births >> Trend by Region

Since 2001, teen births have fallen in East Region and in Seattle, but not in other regions. 

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. 

  • Since 2001, teen births have declined in East Region and in Seattle, but not in other regions of the county.  
  • Going back another decade, teen births in King County overall declined from a peak of 23.9 per 1,000 in 1992 to an all-time low of 8.2 per 1,000 in 2010 (data not shown).
    • The 2010 rate for Washington State was 13.0 per 1,000 (data not shown).
    • The 2010 rate for the United States was 17.3 per 1,000 (data not shown).