Teen Pregnancy Rates By State
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The teen pregnancy rate in the United States has been declining since 1990, but rates vary widely between states. Here are the state rates from 2008, from the highest in New Mexico to the lowest in New Hampshire. All rates are per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19, and data is courtesy the Guttmacher Institute. 

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1. New Mexico - 93/1,000

2. Mississippi - 90/1,000

3. Texas - 85/1,000

4. Nevada - 84/1,000

5. Arkansas - 82/1,000

6. Arizona - 82/1,000

7. Delaware - 81/1,000

8. Louisiana - 80/1,000

9. Oklahoma - 80/1,000

10. Georgia - 78/1,000

11. South Carolina - 76/1,000

12. Hawaii - 76/1,000

13. Tennessee - 76/1,000

14. Alabama - 73/1,000

15. Florida - 73/1,000

16. North Carolina - 72/1,000

17. California - 72/1,000

18. New York - 71/1,000

19. Kentucky - 71/1,000

20. Alaska - 69/1,000

21. Illinois - 68/1,000

22. Wyoming - 68/1,000 

23. Colorado - 66/1,000

24. West Virginia - 65/1,000

25. Missouri - 65/1,000

26. Maryland - 63/1,000

27. Kansas - 63/1,000

28. Ohio - 62/1,000

29. New Jersey - 62/1,000

30. Washington - 60/1,000

31. Oregon - 60/1,000

32. Montana - 59/1,000

33. Indiana - 58/1,000

34. Michigan - 58/1,000

35. Idaho - 57/1,000

36. Pennsylvania - 56/1,000

37. Virginia - 56/1,000

38. Connecticut - 55/1,000

39. Rhode Island - 53/1,000

40. South Dakota - 53/1,000

41. Iowa - 51/1,000

42. Nebraska - 50/1,000

43. Utah - 48/1,000

44. Wisconsin - 45/1,000

45. Maine - 43/1,000

46. Massachusetts - 42/1,000

47. North Dakota - 42/1,000

48. Minnesota - 42/1,000

49. Vermont - 38/1,000

50. New Hampshire - 33/1,000

Not ranked: District of Columbia - 112/1,000 (Washington, D.C. is more comparable to a city than to a state, so it was left out of the official rankings.)