Families
Births to Teens
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Live Births to Teen Mothers
2018
Arkansas County54
Ashley County36
Baxter County30
Benton County23
Boone County28
Bradley County38
Calhoun County8
Carroll County31
Chicot County57
Clark County24
Clay County33
Cleburne County39
Cleveland County24
Columbia County22
Conway County42
Craighead County25
Crawford County26
Crittenden County50
Cross County38
Dallas County19
Desha County47
Drew County36
Faulkner County15
Franklin County20
Fulton County24
Garland County32
Grant County19
Greene County37
Hempstead County33
Hot Spring County41
Howard County38
Independence County24
Izard County22
Jackson County78
Jefferson County35
Johnson County28
Lafayette County30
Lawrence County41
Lee County55
Lincoln County37
Little River County40
Logan County57
Lonoke County24
Madison County34
Marion County23
Miller County25
Mississippi County50
Monroe County81
Montgomery County21
Nevada County29
Newton County39
Ouachita County47
Perry County22
Phillips County76
Pike County37
Poinsett County43
Polk County31
Pope County26
Prairie County49
Pulaski County27
Randolph County39
Saline County18
Scott County53
Searcy County33
Sebastian County32
Sevier County34
Sharp County38
St. Francis County61
Stone County53
Union County40
Van Buren County17
Washington County24
White County26
Woodruff County56
Yell County40

Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Notes: Rate per 1,000 females 15 to 19 years old.




Number of Live Births to Teen Mothers
2018
Arkansas County27
Ashley County21
Baxter County28
Benton County210
Boone County28
Bradley County13
Calhoun County1
Carroll County25
Chicot County16
Clark County28
Clay County14
Cleburne County24
Cleveland County6
Columbia County24
Conway County25
Craighead County97
Crawford County52
Crittenden County84
Cross County19
Dallas County4
Desha County18
Drew County24
Faulkner County70
Franklin County11
Fulton County8
Garland County86
Grant County11
Greene County53
Hempstead County21
Hot Spring County34
Howard County16
Independence County30
Izard County7
Jackson County33
Jefferson County81
Johnson County27
Lafayette County5
Lawrence County22
Lee County13
Lincoln County11
Little River County13
Logan County33
Lonoke County59
Madison County17
Marion County8
Miller County32
Mississippi County71
Monroe County15
Montgomery County5
Nevada County7
Newton County8
Ouachita County30
Perry County7
Phillips County45
Pike County12
Poinsett County32
Polk County19
Pope County64
Prairie County10
Pulaski County301
Randolph County21
Saline County66
Scott County15
Searcy County7
Sebastian County131
Sevier County19
Sharp County18
St. Francis County43
Stone County17
Union County45
Van Buren County8
Washington County226
White County82
Woodruff County11
Yell County26

Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Notes: Live births to females 15 to 19 years old.



NATIONAL RANKING
51

OUT OF 51
2018

STATE TREND

Decreasing


30

2018

What does this measure?

The number of babies born to females between ages 15 and 19, expressed as a rate per 1,000 females in this age range.

Why is this important?

Pregnancy can derail a young woman's life, preventing her from furthering her education or growing up to be self-sufficient. Babies born to teen mothers are at higher risk of having a low birth weight and of infant mortality compared to babies born to older mothers. They are also at risk of lower cognitive development, poor educational outcomes and living in poverty.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2018, the teen birth rate was 30 per 1,000 in Arkansas, making the state 51st in the nation for this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. The rate has fallen more than 50% since 2000; the vast majority of the decline occurred since 2009. Despite this improvement, the state's rate is still far higher than the national rate of 17 per 1,000. In 2018, the rate was higher among black (43.3) and Hispanic (37.2) teens than among white teens (26.4). However, rates declined the most among Hispanic and black teens, falling 63% and 55% since 2000, respectively.

Within Arkansas, teen birth rates ranged from less than 16 per 1,000 in Calhoun and Faulkner counties to more than 75 per 1,000 in Phillips, Monroe and Jackson counties in 2018.

Notes about the data

Rates do not represent a unique count of births as a female may have more than one pregnancy within a given year.




Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Live Births to Teen Mothers
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas66636059605961606058535045433938353330

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate is per 1,000 females 15 to 19 years old.




Number of Live Births to Teen Mothers
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Arkansas6,4005,9415,6815,5855,7165,6465,9465,9265,9405,7535,2294,8454,3494,1553,7823,6773,3723,1782,928

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Live births to females 15 to 19 years old.






Source: Arkansas Department of Health


Live Births to Teen Mothers
Black or African AmericanHispanicNative AmericanWhite
Arkansas43.337.225.926.4

Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Notes: Rate per 1,000 females 15 to 19 years old.




Number of Live Births to Teen Mothers
Black or African AmericanHispanicNative AmericanWhite
Arkansas820403321,952

Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Notes: Live births to females 15 to 19 years old. People were asked to identify their race (white, African-American, etc.) separate from their ethnicity (Hispanic or non-Hispanic). So the totals for these categories cannot be added together, as people show up in both a racial and ethnic group.









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Increasing
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable


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