Teen Birth Rate

How are we doing?

Pima County had the second lowest teen birth rate in Arizona in 2014, with 27.1 births per 1,000 females 15-19 years old. Only Coconino (20.1) had a lower rate. La Paz County, at 65.2, had the highest rate of teen births in the state. The rate for Arizona was 29.9 in 2014. The teen birth rate declined between 2008 and 2014 in all Arizona counties as well as the state and the U.S. Pima County experienced a 42.0% drop during that time.

Why is it important?     

Teen parents and their children face immediate as well as long-term impacts related to their health, education, social, and economic opportunities. Teen mothers typically have lower educational attainment and are at greater risk of living in poverty.  This in turn can have considerable social and economic costs to the community as a whole.

What are the key trends?

The teen birth rate has declined nationally, as well as in the Tucson MSA (Pima County) and in the state of Arizona.  Since 2008, the rate for the Tucson MSA has fallen from 46.7 to 27.1, a drop of 42.0%. The teen birth rate decreased 45.1% in Arizona and 39.8% in the U.S. between 2008 and 2014. The national rate dropped to 24.2 in 2014, a historic low for this age group, according to the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention.   

How is it measured?

The teen birth rate represents the number of live births to mothers 15 to 19 years of age per 1,000 females. Data are available for counties, states and the U.S., but not for Greenlee County, as rates based on fewer than 20 births are not statistically reliable. The source is the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Vital Statistics System, as made available through the Health Indicators Warehouse, which calculates the rates based on population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.