Thursday, May 24, 2012

Teen Pregnancy Quick Facts

  1. Teen Pregnancy Quick Facts

  1. The U.S. teen pregnancy rate dropped six percent between 2008 and 2009.
  2. About 750,000 teens get pregnant in the United States each year. 
  3. Nevada has the highest teen birth rate; 113 out of every 1,000 teens will get pregnant.
  4. About 1 in 3 women become pregnant at least once before they're 20.
  5. A sexually active teen who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within a year.

  6. Only a third of teen mothers earn their high school diploma. And only 1.5% have a college degree by age 30.
  7. Girls born to teen mothers are more likely to be teen mothers themselves. 
  8. Boys born to teen moms are more likely to end up in prison.
  9. 75% of girls and over half of boys report that girls who have sex do so because their boyfriends want them to.
  10. 8 in 10 girls and 6 in 10 boys say they wish they had waited until they were older to have sex.
  11. Most teens (6 in 10) and adults (3 in 4) believe that teen boys often receive the message that they are “expected to have sex.”
  12. Teen pregnancy costs the United States $9 billion each year. This includes increased spending in child welfare costs and public sector health care.