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 Orange County performing?
In 2014, the rate of teen pregnancies in Orange County was 2.8%, higher than the 2.4% rate in the state (excluding NYC) and the region as a whole (2.3%). The rate fell from 5.9% in 2000, similar to declines in the region and statewide. Orange had the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the region throughout the decade, followed by Ulster and Dutchess (2.1% and 1.7%, respectively, in 2014).
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.