The teen pregnancy rate in South Carolina continues to go down.
According to the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the state saw a nine percent decrease in the teen birth rate from 2016 to 2017. The organization said the data was collected by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The teen birth rate has declined by 70 percent since peaking in 1991, landing at 21.7 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19.
Older youth (18-19-year olds) continue to drive the overall rate, making up 75 percent of all teen births.
The campaign said declines have been most substantial among African American females aged 15-17. The age group has seen an 83 percent decrease over the past 26 years.
However, South Carolina still has the 15th-highest teen birth rate in the nation.
2017 South Carolina Teen Birth Facts:
– Every 154 minutes, a teen (ages 15-19) gives birth.
– 3,406 teens (15-19) in South Carolina gave birth in 2017.
– 75 percent of all teen births occurred among 18-19-year olds.
– Black teens (15-19) experienced a five percent decrease from 2016-2017.
– White teens (15-19) experienced a 12 percent decrease from 2016-2017.
– Hispanic teens (15-19) experienced a five percent decrease from 2016-2017.