Teen Birth Rates Fall Nationwide, Narrowing Racial Gap

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by Nick Castele

Teen birth rates have fallen in Ohio and across the country, and racial disparities in those numbers have lessened, according to findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC compared teen birth rates from 2006 to 2014. In Ohio, the rate fell nearly 34 percent. The latest numbers for the state show there were 26 births per 1,000 young women ages 15 to 19. That puts Ohio at just a notch above the national rate of 25.4.

And while black and Hispanic teens have higher birth rates than whites, the disparities are narrowing. Birth rates among Hispanic teens in Ohio fell 45 percent. The decline was 37 percent for black teens, and 32 percent for whites.

Data collected by the CDC shows that Marion, Pike and Jackson counties had the highest teen birth rates in Ohio. 

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