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HARTFORD COURANT: Teen Birth Rate Resumes Decline

Published: 02.02.11| Updated: 02.02.11

Connecticut And Other New England States Have Lowest Rates In U.S.

FEBRUARY 2, 2011
By RINKER BUCK, rbuck@courant.com
, The Hartford Courant

The birth rate for teenage girls has resumed its dramatic decline nationally, with Connecticut and other New England states registering the lowest rates in the country.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Wednesday showing that the national birth rate for teenagers in 2009 was 39.1 births per 1,000 females 15 to 19 — the lowest rate recorded since teen birth statistics were first collected in the 1940s. The birth rate for 2009 was 59 percent lower than the historic peak of 96.3 births per 1,000 in 1957, and was welcomed by health experts because rates had briefly increased in 2006 and 2007.

 

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