Teen Births

Health Research Topics:

  • Metro Atlanta has experienced a sharp decline in teen birth rates in recent years, paralleling falling teen birth rates in the U.S. as a whole. An examination of the teen birth rate in metro Atlanta counties during 2001-2003 and again during 2011-2013 find that teen birth rates fell from 40.7 to 27 births per 1,000 population from the first time period to the second. Similarly, teen birth rates in the U.S. as a whole fell from 45 births per 1,000 population in 2001 to 26.6 in 2013 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014).


  • Broad trends such as improved contraceptive technology and expanded access to it, combined with improved educational opportunities, the recent weak labor market, and media influences, such as a reality TV show about teen pregnancy have helped support declining teen birth rates (Brookings Institution, 2014).


  • Public health campaigns to expand use of contraceptive technologies, as well as investments in early childhood education and college access will likely be important in continued efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.