Teen Birthrates – Where Does Your State Stand?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report in January, 2009 that showed that more than half (26) of the states had seen an increase in the teenage birthrate. The data is based on 2006 statistics, the most recent year of statistics. The states with the highest birthrates are in the South and Southwest. The states with the lowest birthrates are in the Northeast.

I believe we need to ask why do some states (Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia (the 10 states with the highest birthrate) have over double or triple the birthrate of the lowest states? The state with the lowest rate is New Hampshire and then going from 50 to 40th are Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Maine, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Wisconsin.