What does this measure?
The number of pregnancies among females ages 15 to 19, expressed as a percentage of females in that age group.
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. Pregnant teens are less likely to receive prenatal care, putting their babies at risk for premature births, low birth weight and infant mortality. Babies born to teen mothers are also at risk of child abuse or neglect, poor educational outcomes and living in poverty.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2014, the rate of teen pregnancies in Dutchess County was 1.7%, below the 2.4% in the state (excluding NYC) and 2.3% in the region. The rate fell by 61% from 4.5% in 2000, mirroring declines statewide and throughout the region. Dutchess consistently had the lowest rate of teen pregnancies in the region and had the largest decline among regional counties since 2000.
Notes about the data
Rates do not represent a unique count of pregnancies-a female may have more than one pregnancy within a given year. Not all pregnancies result in live births.