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 Ulster County performing?
In 2014, the rate of teen pregnancies in Ulster County was 2.1%, slightly below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 2.4% and the regional rate of 2.3%. Ulster's rate fell by 58% since 2000. Teen pregnancy was highest in Orange (2.8% in 2014) while Dutchess had the lowest rate in the region (1.7% 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.