Birth Rate

Teen Birth
2:40 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Idaho's Teen Birth Rate Is Average

Idaho saw 33 births for every 1,000 girls between ages 15 and 19 in 2010.
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A new federal study says Idaho’s rate of teens having babies has fallen to record lows along with most states. But Idaho is only average.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the teen birth rate in the United States has been dropping steadily for several years and now it’s down to the lowest point since it started keeping track in the 1940s.  The authors of the study largely credit sex education initiatives. Sex ed can be a sensitive subject in a socially conservative state like Idaho and programs vary widely from place to place.

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