Kentucky's rate of teenagers having children is fourth in nation

Kentucky’s rate of teenagers having children is fourth in nation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chart, adapted by Kentucky Health News By John McGary, WEKU Kentucky has the fourth-highest teenage birth rate in the U.S., according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which show Kentucky’s teen birthrate to be 38 percent higher than the U.S. average. At the same time, teen-birth rates are declining in Kentucky and the nation. The state’s rate was 22.8 per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 in 2019-21, down from 31.7 in 2014-16. This rate has decreased steadily since 2014-16 when that rate...

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