New report puts Kentucky among states with highest teen birth rate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Teenagers in the South and Southwest are more likely to become parents than peers in other parts of the country. The federal government released new state by state data on Wednesday. The study found teen births were lowest in the Northeast.

Kentucky has the eighth highest teen birth rate at 41.5 births for every one thousand teenagers, ages 15 to 19. New Mexico had the most births at 47.5. New Hampshire had the least at 13.8. The national average is 29.4.

States with highest teen birth rates:

1. New Mexico: 47.5
2. Oklahoma: 47.3
3. Mississippi: 46.1
4. Arkansas: 45.7
5. Texas: 44.4
6. West Virginia: 44.1
7. Louisiana: 43.1
8. Kentucky: 41.5
9. Alabama: 39.2
10. Washington, D.C.: 38.6

States with the lowest teen birth rates:

1. New Hampshire: 13.8
2. Massachusetts: 14.1
3. Connecticut: 15.1
4. Vermont: 16.3
5. New Jersey: 16.7
6. Minnesota: 18.5
7. Maine 19.4
8. New York: 19.7
9. Rhode Island: 19.9
10. Wisconsin: 21.9


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