Data

District Of Columbia Teen Pregnancy Data

 

What Is A Teen Pregnancy Rate?

The teen pregnancy rate comes from an equation that contains these important variables:
• Number of live births to teens
• Number of abortions to teens
• Number of fetal deaths to teens
• Population of teen girls

Counting the number of live births to teens who are D.C. residents is fairly straightforward. The information comes from birth certificates.

Abortion reporting is voluntary in the District of Columbia and not all providers report.  There is no financial incentive for reporting within a certain time frame nor is there a penalty for not reporting.

Fetal deaths are registered with Vital Records.

The US Census Bureau makes mid-year population estimates and DOH uses that number for the population of teen girls.

 

Live Births + Abortions + Fetal Deaths 
____________________
Population
Multiply quotient by 1000 for the rate

 

The most recent data available from the city’s health department is for 2015 and shows 31.7 pregnancies per thousand girls in the District of Columbia 15 to 19 years old.


 

DC State Center for Health Statistics

Located within the District of Columbia Department of Health, the State Center for Health Statistics collects, preserves, and analyzes information on births, deaths, and other vital events in the District of Columbia. The State Center for Health Statistics also produces the Statistical Note: Reported Pregnancies and Pregnancy Rates in the District of Columbia and provides official health data to other local, state, and federal agencies.

Find Statistical Notes going back to 2004 here.