Public Costs

Teen childbearing in the United States cost taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $9.4 billion in 2010, according to an analysis by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Texas alone accounts for more than $1.2 billion of those costs – the highest in the nation. The 1,063,399 children born to Texas teens between 1991 and 2010 cost taxpayers approximately $24.3 billion over that period.

Most of the costs of teen childbearing are associated with negative consequences for the children of teen mothers, including increased costs for health care, foster care, incarceration, and lost tax revenue.

Download the State of Texas Cost Fact Sheet.