McDowell County, NC

Local information on the state of adolescent health and helpful resources. 

2015 Teen Pregnancies

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 50
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 38.8
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: *
Hispanic: *
White: 41.2
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: *
18-19-year-olds: 83.1
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 14
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 36
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 16.0%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 35.7
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 29
Change since 2010**: -34.5%

*Rates based on small numbers (<20 pregnancies) are unstable and not provided.

** Due to data limitations, we are presenting the change over five years rather than the change since the previous year. Read more.

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated February 2017. See Archived Statistics

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2015, all ages): 157
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2015, all ages): 31

Number of HIV reports (2015, all ages): 1


The total numbers of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases are useful indicators of adolescent sexual health as they are most common among young people ages 15-24.

HIV reports are notable because youth ages 13-24 account for more than 1 in 5 new HIV diagnoses in the United States. 

Data Source: NC DHHS, HIV/STD Surveillance Unit, Communicable Disease Branch

McDowell County Schools Health Policies

Board Policy Manual - Home

Comprehensive Health Education

School Policy on Bullying/Harassment

Education for Pregnant/Parenting Students

Organizations that Support Adolescent Sexual Health

McDowell Health Coalition

McDowell County Schools

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