Teen Pregnancy and Birth Rates

Update: August 11, 2014

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released the Massachusetts Births 2011 and 2012 report.

Why have the teen birth rates been declining? Check out this article from our recent newsletter to find the answer.

Local Teen Birth Rates

Trends in Teen Birth Rates for Selected Communities, 2010 and 2012
(Rates per 1000 women, ages 15–19)

2012

Rank

City

2010

2012

% Change in Rate, 2010-2012

Number of Births

Teen Birth Rate

Number of Births

Teen Birth Rate

 

State Total

3,907

17.1

3,219

14.0

-18%

1

Holyoke

126

83.6

86

57.1

-32%

2

Southbridge

28

49.0

31

54.3

+11%

3

Lawrence

193

56.8

174

51.3

-10%

4

Chelsea

62

51.8

60

50.1

-3%

5

Springfield

371

54.3

319

46.7

-14%

6

New Bedford

144

47.4

129

42.5

-10%

7

Fall River

124

44.6

101

36.3

-19%

8

Lynn

149

46.2

113

35.1

-24%

9

Lowell

184

44.7

130

31.6

-29%

10

Brockton

119

35.5

105

31.3

-12%

11

Fitchburg

58

32.6

53

29.8

-9%

12

Chicopee

52

27.6

48

25.5

-8%

13

Pittsfield

46

34.4

34

25.4

-26%

14

Marlborough

23

22.4

26

25.3

+13%

15

Worcester

244

31.6

186

24.1

-24%

16

Taunton

49

28.1

41

23.5

-16%

17

Haverhill

56

31.3

41

22.9

-27%

18

Everett

32

24.3

30

22.8

-6%

19

Leominster

34

26.0

27

20.6

-21%

20

Revere

37

25.8

28

19.5

-24%

21

Framingham

52

22.1

43

18.3

-17%

22

Attleboro

29

21.6

24

17.9

-17%

23

Salem

29

18.5

25

15.9

-14%

24

Somerville

30

17.5

25

14.6

-17%

25

Boston

503

19.4

368

14.2

-27%

*Selected communities include the 25 Massachusetts cities and towns with the greatest number of teen births.

Source: Massachusetts Births 2011 and 2012. (2014, August). Boston: Office of Data Management and Outcomes Assessment. Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Download this table of 2012 teen birth rates for selected Massachusetts communities here.

Download tables of the 20062007, 2008, 2009 or 2010 Massachusetts teen birth data or download the full Massachusetts Births reports directly from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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