U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rates have declined dramatically over the past two decades and are now at historic lows. There has been significant progress in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups. Even so, U.S. rates of teen childbearing remain far higher than in other comparable countries.
As of 2012, the teen birth rate was 29 births per 1,000 teen girls (age 15-19), and there were 305,388 births to teen girls. Since its peak in 1991, the teen birth rate declined by 52%. In the past year alone, it dropped by 6%. In 2010, public spending on teen childbearing totaled an estimated $9.4 billion.