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California Teen Births Hit Record Low

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Maci from MTV's "Teen Mom"
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Much to the chagrin of 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom fans, teen pregnancy in California is plummeting. Fast. "Figures released by the Department of Public Health on Monday found that about 35 babies were born for every 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 in 2008," reports Associated Press. "That was down by about two births per 1,000 from the previous year." (Compare this to the rate in 1991, when it was at 71 per 1,000.)And, if you want to get all racialist about it, here are the teen-birth rates by race. The California Department of Public Heath reports that Hispanic teens maintain the highest birth rate. African-American teens had the second highest birth rate at 39.9, followed by Native American, 27.1; White, 13.1, and Asian/Pacific Islander, 9.6.