Not as knocked up

California’s adolescent birth rate continues long decline

Data from 2013, the latest available, reveal that teenage girls in California are giving birth at a record-low rate—23.2 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19, an 11 percent decline from 2012 and a 50 percent decline from 2000.

“By providing adolescents the knowledge, tools and resources to make healthy choices, we can have a positive effect on their options for a successful future,” Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, said in a press release.

Still, racial disparities persist. Black and Hispanic girls are 3 and 3.8 times more likely, respectively, to give birth than white girls. And birth rates vary greatly by county, from a low of 8.1 per 1,000 in Marin County to to a high of 49.1 per 1,000 in Kern County.