Teen pregnancy rates decline in most states

The U.S. teen birth rate fell 25 percent over five years to a record low of 31 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All states but West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years. But the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah saw rates fall by 30 percent or more.

In 22 states, teen Hispanic birth rates plunged at least 40 percent, which was described as "just amazing," by the report's lead author, Brady Hamilton of the CDC.

Experts believe the explanation is complicated and probably varies a bit from state to state.

An overall decline in births the past five years is attributed to a weak economy.

The teen birth rate per 1,000 by state in 2011, and percentage decline since 2007:

   Alabama, 41, 22 percent

   Alaska, 36, 16 percent

   Arizona, 39, 35 percent

   Arkansas, 51, 16 percent

   California, 29, 28 percent

   Colorado, 29, 31 percent

   Connecticut, 16, 29 percent

   Delaware, 29, 25 percent

   District of Columbia, 43, 15 percent

   Florida, 30, 31 percent

   Georgia, 38 , 28 percent

   Hawaii, 30, 22 percent

   Idaho, 28, 31 percent

   Illinois, 30, 27 percent

   Indiana, 35, 19 percent

   Iowa, 25, 23 percent

   Kansas, 35, 17 percent

   Kentucky, 44, 17 percent

   Louisiana, 45, 18 percent

   Maine, 21, 20 percent

   Maryland, 25, 28 percent

   Massachusetts, 15, 28 percent

   Michigan, 28, 17 percent

   Minnesota, 19, 31 percent

   Mississippi, 50, 28 percent

   Missouri, 35, 22 percent

   Montana, 29, 17 percent

   Nebraska, 27, 23 percent

   Nevada, 36, 30 percent

   New Hampshire, 14, 29 percent

   New Jersey, 19, 25 percent

   New Mexico, 49, 24 percent

   New York, 21, 18 percent

   North Carolina, 35, 27 percent

   North Dakota, 28, no change

   Ohio, 32, 21 percent

   Oklahoma, 48, 18 percent

   Oregon, 26, 25 percent

   Pennsylvania, 25, 19 percent

   Rhode Island, 21, 27 percent

   South Carolina, 39, 25 percent

   South Dakota, 34, 17 percent

   Tennessee, 41, 24 percent

   Texas, 47, 24 percent

   Utah, 23, 35 percent

   Vermont, 17, 20 percent

   Virginia, 25, 28 percent

   Washington, 25, 24 percent

   West Virginia, 44, no change

   Wisconsin, 23, 25 percent

   Wyoming, 35, 29 percent

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