Outcome: Teen Parents

Indicator: Teen Births per 1,000 Women Age 15-19

Significance of this indicator:

According to the CDC, childbearing by teenagers poses elevated health risks for teen mothers and their infants. Additionally, the CDC reports that teen pregnancy and childbearing result in substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children. Teen parenting results in higher-than-average health care and foster care costs, and long-term losses in income tax revenue due to low educational attainment and income.   Pregnancy and birth may cause teen mothers to drop out of high school, but the longest-term impact comes from the fact that on average the children of teen parents have: lower school achievement; higher dropout rates; more health problems; higher juvenile justice involvement including incarceration during adolescence; higher teen birth rates themselves; and higher unemployment rates as young adults.

Click here to view the video on Teen Pregnancy Reduction from the Pueblo City-County Health Department.

How we are doing on this indicator:

2009-2011
The birth rate for females aged 15-19 residing in Pueblo has decreased by almost 21% from 2009 to 2011. The reported rate for Colorado has also decreased by approximately 10% for the same timeframe.  Pueblo’s birth rate for this age group is almost 14% higher than the 27.8% rate for Colorado in 2011. 

2012
The birth rate for females aged 15-19 continued to decline for both Pueblo and Colorado as a whole in 2012.  Although both groups showed improvement, Colorado as a whole experienced a larger improvement. 

2013
The birth rate for females aged 15-19 continued to decline for Colorado as a whole in 2013.  Pueblo's numbers were not provided at time of website update.

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Live births to girls ages 15 through 19 per 1,000 female teens in that age range (age-specific fertility rate).

Data Source: Health Statistics Section, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. Provided by the Colorado Children’s Campaign and/or National KIDS Count Program.

Data Considerations: Data reflect the mother’s place of residence, rather than the place of the birth.