According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. teen birth rate fell once again in 2012, reaching a historic low.
The birth rate for teens age 15 to 19 in 2012 was 29.4 births per 1,000 teens, which marks a 6 percent decline from 2011 and the lowest since the U.S. first officially began tracking teen births in the 1940s. There were 305,420 births to teens ages 15 to 19 between 2011 and 2012, which is also the fewest since World War II.
The decline is likely due to fewer teens having sex, and more teen using contraception. There are also more contraception options available to teens today. Nevertheless, the U.S. teen birth rate still remains higher than in other countries.
The CDC also found a drop in the birth rate or women in their early 20s between 2011 and 2012, from 85.3 births per 1,000, which is another record low. ON the other hand, the birth rate for women ages 30 to 34 increased slightly, from 96.5 births per 1,000 women in 2011 to 97.3 births per 1,000 women in 2012.