State releases map of teen pregnancy rates in Tennessee

Tennessee counties that exceed the 19.5 per 1,000 teen pregnancy rate (Courtesy: OREA)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has added a new map to its website illustrating teen pregnancy rates in Tennessee.

It’s based on the most current data from 2013 published by the Tennessee Department of Health.

The color-coded map reflects which counties have a pregnancy rate exceeding 19.5 per 1,000 females ages 15 through 17.

Tennessee code requires all school districts in counties with a pregnancy rate over 19.5 to create and implement a family life education program.

Currently, 37 counties exceed that rate. In Middle Tennessee, Davidson has a rate of 20.9, Hickman has a rate of 28.9, and Bedford has a rate of 22.6.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the national average in 2013 was 26.5 births to teenage females ages 15 to 19 in 2013.

To view the full list of counties and their teen pregnancy rates, click here.

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