Worldwide Teen Pregnancy Statistics

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  • Worldwide teen birth rate: 11%
  • Number of girls 15-19 who give birth each year: 16 million
  • Number of countries that make up over half of all teen pregnancies: 7
    • Total countries in the world: 196
  • Percentage of girls worldwide who report coerced sex before age 15: 10
  • United States teen pregnancy rate in 2011 (most recent study): 5.25%
    • U.S. teen live birth rate in 2011: 3.1%
    • U.S. teen abortion rate in 2011: 1.35%
  • U.S. Teen pregnancy rate in 2008: 6.8%
    • U.S. teen live birth rate in 2008: 4%
    • U.S. teen abortion rate in 2008: 1.8%
  • Percentage of U.S. teen mothers (under 18 at time of birth) who complete high school: 38
    • Additional percent who earn a GED: 19
    • Percent who earn a college degree by age 30: <2

Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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