Wednesday, November 16, 2016

There's another type of rural/urban divide in America: Teens having babies

The L.A. Times reports:
The teen birth rate in America’s small towns is 63% higher than in its biggest cities, a new government report reveals.

In 2015, there were 18.9 births for every 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 19 living in counties with large urban areas, according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That compares with 30.9 births per 1,000 women in the same age group who lived in rural counties, the report said.

In between were counties with small- and medium-sized cities and suburbs. There, the birth rate was 24.3 babies per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19.

Though the teen birth rate varied widely between cities, towns and hamlets, municipalities of all sizes had one thing in common: All experienced steady declines in teen birth rates between 2007 and 2015, federal data show.