Michigan teen birth rate by county

Fewer teens giving birth

The teen birth rate has been falling nationwide for nearly a quarter-century, and Michigan has been keeping pace. Counties where the rate exceeds the national and Michigan rates tend to be poorer, more rural and generally lacking in health-care resources. Click below to see how teen birth rates have changed in individual counties and how they compare with 2013 national and Michigan rates.

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Data is for six-year increments, comparing 2002-2008 to 2007-2013.

Teen birth rates fall

Both in Michigan and nationally the percent of teens having children has steadily declined. Data here is from 2008-2013.


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Carl Ver Beek
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:46am
Too bad we can't make the decline retroactive! There is a large number of people in the welfare systems because of this problem.
Mike Colucci
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:34am
The use of the word percent in the heading of the graph is misleading. It's good that the vertical axis is clear that the values are births per 1000 not per 100 which would be percent. Simply replacing percent with rate would be better, but the heading itself is unncessary since the graph speaks for itself.
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:01am
The red county (higher than average over the time period) is Roscommon County - anyone know what might have been the cause?
Wed, 12/09/2015 - 5:15pm
Roscommon County has a very high (26%) high school drop out rate, according to the annual Kids Count Survey. It also ranks among the very poorest in Michigan, even compared to inner city and some Upper Peninsula counties.
John Grant
Thu, 12/03/2015 - 6:14pm
Does "teens having children" mean females? I mean, are teen couples included? And I assume it does not include abortions and miscarriages or pregnancies that do not go to term. Not being judgmental, just interested in clarity.
Tue, 01/26/2016 - 7:48pm
John - if you look at the source of the data the denominator is females aged 15-19.