Teen Pregnancy and Birth Rates

Update: December 3, 2013

The most recent city-level birth rate data available for Massachusetts communities is from 2010. Community-specific fact sheets can be downloaded here.

Update: April 1, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released the Massachusetts Births 2010 report.

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

Massachusetts Rates

Massachusetts has had consistently lower teen pregnancy and birth rates than the overall United States rates.1

Teen Births Massachusetts U.S.

 

Local Teen Birth Rates

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

Rank by 2010 Birth Rate

City

Birth Rate 2010

Number of Births 2010

Birth Rate 2009

Number of Births 2009

% Change in Rate, 2009-2010

 

State Total

17.1

3,907

19.5

4,583

-12%

1

Holyoke

83.6

126

96.9

146

-14%

2

Lawrence

56.8

193

70.4

239

-19%

3

Springfield

54.3

371

64.1

438

-15%

4

Chelsea

51.8

62

63.5

76

-18%

5

Southbridge

49.0

28

54.3

31

-10%

6

New Bedford

47.4

144

57.0

173

-17%

7

Lynn

46.2

149

53.4

172

-13%

8

Lowell

44.7

184

51.0

210

-12%

9

Fall River

44.6

124

46.4

129

-4%

10

Brockton

35.5

119

40.8

137

-13%

11

Pittsfield

34.4

46

52.3

70

-34%

12

Fitchburg

32.6

58

36.0

64

-9%

13

Worcester

31.6

244

28.3

219

+12%

14

Haverhill

31.3

56

39.1

70

-20%

15

Taunton

28.1

49

40.1

70

-30%

16

Chicopee

27.6

52

38.3

72

-28%

17

Leominster

26.0

34

31.3

41

-17%

18

Revere

25.8

37

39.1

56

-34%

19

Everett

24.3

32

28.1

37

-14%

20

Framingham

22.1

52

21.3

50

+4%

21

Attleboro

21.6

29

29.0

39

-26%

22

Boston

19.4

503

20.0

521

-3%

23

Salem

18.5

29

12.7

20

+46%

24

Somerville

17.5

30

23.4

40

-25%

25

Quincy

15.6

31

11.6

23

+34%

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

* Rates were calculated using 2010 Census data. Rates for 2009 were re-calculated by DPH using 2010 Census data as well.

Source: Massachusetts Births 2010. (2013, March). Boston: Division of Research and Epidemiology, Bureau of Health Information, Statistics, Research and Evaluation, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

 

We also have new 2010 fact sheets available for Holyoke and Springfield.

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

  • 1. Massachusetts Births 2010. (2013, March). Boston: Division of Research and Epidemiology, Bureau of Health Information, Statistics, Research and Evaluation, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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