New York Data

8: Teen Birth Rate
33: Decline In Teen Birth Rate
33: Teen Pregnancy Rate

Please note: Rank of 1 = lowest; Rank of 50 = highest

The Story

Teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows and there has been impressive progress on both fronts in all 50 states.

The teen birth rate in New York declined 73% between 1991 and 2017. Even so, in 2017 there were 7,480 births to teens. Most teen births in New York (75%) are to older teens (age 18-19). It is also the case that 14% of all teen births were to teens who already had a child. The public savings in 2015 due to declines in the teen birth rate totaled $320 million. Teen birth rates have fallen for all racial and ethnic groups, and in some cases the gap in teen birth rates by race/ethnicity has narrowed, but disparities remain.

The teen pregnancy rate, which includes all pregnancies rather than just those that resulted in a birth, has also fallen steeply, by 61 % between 1988 and 2013 (the most recent data available). As of 2013 there were 28,700 pregnancies among teens age 15 to 19 in New York.

When looking at women in New York overall, not just teens, 55% of all pregnancies are described by women themselves as unplanned.

Notes: the data here represents the most recently available from a variety of sources. The most recent year available varies by indicator. For more detail on the incidence of teen and unplanned pregnancy and childbearing, sexual activity and contraception, as well as data sources and methods, please see