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California Teen Birth Rate Plunges to Record Low

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Since 1991, California's teen birth rate has dropped by 48 percent, according to the California Department of Public Health today: "From 1997 to 2007, birth rates decreased among both younger and older teens. The birth rate among 18 and 19-year-olds dropped from 85.5 per 1,000 in 1997 to 64.3 in 2007. The birth rate among teens ages 15-17 decreased from 33.8 per 1,000 in 1997 to 19.9 in 2007." All told, 53,393 babies were born to teen mothers, aged 15 to 19, in 2007, which is the most recent data available from the state. That still seems like a lot, but a downward trend is a good thing.