US: Teenage Pregnancy Rate, Birth Rate and Abortion Rate 1972 – 2005

The trend of US teenage (aged 15 – 19) pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate (per 1000 women aged 15 – 19) for year 1972 to 2005:

Year Birth Rate Abortion Rate Pregnancy Rate
1972 61.7 19.1 95.1
1973 59.3 22.8 96.1
1974 57.5 27.0 98.8
1975 55.6 31.2 101.1
1976 52.8 34.3 101.1
1977 52.8 37.5 104.6
1978 51.5 39.7 105.4
1979 52.3 42.4 109.4
1980 53.2 42.8 111.0
1981 52.2 42.9 109.9
1982 52.4 42.7 109.8
1983 51.4 43.2 109.3
1984 50.6 42.9 107.9
1985 51.0 43.5 109.0
1986 50.2 42.3 106.7
1988 53.0 43.5 111.4
1989 57.3 42.0 114.9
1990 60.3 40.5 116.9
1991 61.8 37.4 115.3
1992 60.3 35.2 111.0
1993 59.0 33.9 108.0
1994 58.2 31.6 104.6
1995 56.0 29.4 99.6
1996 53.5 28.6 95.6
1997 51.3 27.1 91.4
1998 50.3 25.8 88.7
1999 48.8 24.7 85.7
2000 47.7 24.0 83.6
2001 45.3 22.8 79.5
2002 43.0 21.7 75.4
2003 41.6
2004 41.1
2005 40.5
2006 41.9

Or depicted in the graph:

1. Guttmacher Institute: U.S. Teenage Pregnancy Statistics National and State Trends and Trends by Race and Ethnicity (Table 2.1)
2. US CDC: Recent Trends in Teenage Pregnancy in the United States, 1990-2002


  1. hearthealth said,

    February 4, 2008 at 8:34 am

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  2. Cotten Candy said,

    April 21, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    you need to go futher than 2002 we are in 2008 so step up your game!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Michelle said,

    April 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Well dear Cotten Candy,
    then probably you can write to Guttmacher institute or US CDC to ask them to release the data so that I can step up to your game!

  4. rosa said,

    June 6, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    hi rosa its me rosa

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  6. Jodie said,

    September 9, 2008 at 8:43 am

    I”m doing this project at school and wanting to know a few qiuestions!!

    What was the pregnacy rate in 2006 and how has it changed in the last to year”s?

    Also what is the statistic”s for teenage pregnact?

  7. erola said,

    September 26, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    this sight is really confusing…i didnt understand shit!
    all the info i was looking for wasnt even here grrr!!
    and the info that was didnt make sence like omg wtf .
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  8. panx said,

    January 25, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    how were you/they able to compute for the pregnancy rate? this is based on a scale from what to what? if you can, please do answer me as soon as possible. it would be so kind of you. thankyou!! Ü

  9. panx said,

    January 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    its me again, could i also get your answers to comment no. 6, pls? i am currently doing a thesis on teenage pregnancy:its causes as well as their suggest counter prevention.

  10. micpohling said,

    January 26, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    pregnancy rate is based on how many pregnancy per 1000 women in the specific age group, e.g. 15-19 is teenage. E.g. if the number is 75.1, means that there is 75.1 pregnancy per 1000 girl aged 15-19.

  11. panx said,

    January 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    thank you so much for answering me. could pls also get your answer to Jodie’s question (number 6) ? thank you

  12. micpohling said,

    January 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Please see the source to get the statistics on answer for #06

  13. Dewy Berry said,

    July 16, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I am doing a project on presentng a graph of Pregnancy and abortion rate in teenager. I would like to get information of why it was the highest pregnancy rate in the year 1990? Could you please give the answer as soon as possible… thank you

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  15. TeenDad said,

    August 12, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I’m now 19 and experiencing being a dad. I must say although it feels good it’s still hard. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but to be honest, the hard part is having to balance time. My daughter is great and makes managing her never dreadful. -Teen dad

  16. Meh said,

    October 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Well the fact that kids at age 15 getting pregnant is so sad:P
    They are so not responsible kids *Well unless they got raped* I mean Im 13 and yet i know better!!:DD

  17. Ryne said,

    October 7, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Hmmm I wonder why the biggest decline in the abortion rate was in the Clinton years????? Oh yeah cause liberals provide more social services to single-mothers and parentless children as well as advocate safer-sex.

  18. Teen mommy said,

    November 10, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I am a teen mom at the age of 18 and my husband is 23. We love eachother very very much and we wanted to have children. We both have jobs and have been saving a great amount of money along with things for this new individual that i am bring to the world. I believe that if you are responsible enough and have the money for it along with have a supportive other why does age make a diffrence!!!—Teen Mom

  19. fuana said,

    February 14, 2010 at 7:44 am

    age matter because readiness and maturity often accompany experience. Children do not need children parents, they need parents who are emotionally mature and ready to give up their time, etc to raise a child. and children do not just need money and things, they need quality time from their parents where they can be taught obedience, self-esteem, responsibility, kindness, service, communication. It’s not just about feeding a child and providing for physical needs, but also emotional, mental, and spiritual development. If children grow up with deficits in the other 3 areas, we have problems that we face now in our society.

  20. tina said,

    April 2, 2010 at 1:53 am

    being a teen who is pregnan are not easy, but that does not mean for them
    to do abortion.

  21. Meesha said,

    October 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Where is 2008?

  22. bobana said,

    November 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Hello my name is Bobana and i’m doing a school project on teen pregnancy and i would like what is the rate for teen pregnancy for the years of 2007-2009

  23. JAFRI said,

    April 21, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Folks: Many questions in our mind with teen age pregnancy, birth rate, or abortion. We should think first, WHY is that ? Instead of FINDING the reason, Departments, individuals are chasing the rate, (talking about to reduce or worry about increase of the rates). Its all about the MISTAKES, which we all adult have done in the past and still doing, we have lost our values, the culture, and LACK OF RELIGION and to FOLLOW the religion.
    We are just putting blame on our kids. If we go and look what we do in our daily life, like, Always talk about love, boy and girl friend relationship, sex in office, in the car, parks, shopping mall, must say everywhere. (While this innocent mind of a kid watching us, though he/she quite not asking but observing. When kid ask MAM, Who was this GUY ? Answer she give her, NOT YOUR BUSINESS, GO AND PLAY, OR WE LOVE EACH OTHER. ETC. …when kid watch, switching girl friend or boy friend, every 3 months, What we are transferring to their mind. Then now we are trying to teach SEX IN 5th Grade. (the worst thing educational institutes are doing). When at this age you are telling them about SEX. Its not a knowledge you are giving them. You are Switching their mind from study to sex study. When you will tell a kid about sex. how and when and protect at this stage. They will listen at school. And for sure, after that they will look FREE TIME, FREE SPACE AND FIND MATE TO DO PRACTICLE IN THE ABSENSE OF ADULT. because Institute is teaching them to how to protect, But its child behaviour to Get into practical. Its worst then that, because then child will start exploring, will go to net, find the sex magazine, search the cupboard to find the condom etc. And then we blame that the RATE IS INCREASING.
    ANYWAY its a long topic. We are just trying to pass our liabilities to our kids. Because we (ADULT) can not avoid sex in office, can not stop looking DATES, Can not stop watching sex movies, Can not stop ADULTRY and more…IF WE CAN CHANGE OURSELVES THEN WE WILL NOT TALK ABOUT ALL THESE RISING RATES…

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  25. Charlie said,

    June 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I wonder if the abortion and pregnancy rates include chemical abortions caused by the birth-control pills that prevent the implantation of the zygote to the uterine wall? Maybe that’s the reason for the drop in reported pregnancy and abortion rates from 1990 forward….

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