Teen Birth in Texas

Though the teen birth rate has declined dramatically since the early 1990s, the teen birth rate in Texas remains much higher than the United States.

Additionally, some Texas counties have rates much higher than the state average. Click on any county to see how the teen birth rate has changed over time and compare rates in different counties. If you just want to see the numbers, click the box on the right titled “Data.”

Data Notes:

  • Rates are shown per 1,000 girls aged 15-19. For example, a rate of 30 per 1,000 means that 3% of teenage girls give birth that year.
  • If there were fewer than 10 teen births in a county, data are hidden for that year to protect privacy.
  • 2019 rates are preliminary and subject to change. 
  • When available, birth counts come from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Otherwise, birth counts come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Vital Statistics, Natality public-use datasets accessed via the WONDER Online Database. 
  • Population estimates come from Texas State Demographer. Rates vary slightly from teen birth estimates based on American Community Survey population data. The Texas State Demographer utilizes an advanced methodology to determine county-level population, resulting in more accurate population estimates. However, when conducting comparisons across states, American Community Survey population estimates are used. 

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