11 Facts about Teen Pregnancy


  1. 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20.  That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year.
  2. Parenthood is the leading reason that teen girls drop out of school.  More than 50% of teen mothers never graduate from high school.
  3. About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
  4. Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by age 30.
  5. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the western industrialized world.
  6. In 2011, the teen birthrate in the United States fell to the lowest level recorded in nearly 70 years of tracking teen childbearing.
  7. In 2008 the teen pregnancy rate among African-American and Hispanic teen girls, age 15 to 19, was over two and a half times higher than the teen pregnancy rate among white teen girls of the same age.
  8. 8 out of 10 teen dads don’t marry the mother of their child.
  9. A sexually active teen that doesn’t use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.
  10. Almost 50% of teens have never considered how a pregnancy would affect their lives.
  11. Teens had fewer babies in 2010 than in any year since the mid-1940.

Studies show that teen childbearing puts families at great risk for a life of poverty and struggle:

Two-thirds of families begun by a young unmarried mother are poor.

One-quarter of teen mothers go on welfare within 3 years of the child’s birth.

Only 38 percent of mothers who give birth before 18 get a high school diploma

KUHF News for Houston article dated 5-30-13