North Carolina

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

2016 Teen Pregnancies 

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 9,255
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 28.1
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: 38.0
Hispanic: 46.9
White: 19.4
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: 12.8
18-19-year-olds: 50.7
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 2,510
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 6,745
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 22.1%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 21.8
Latest National Ranking (out of 50 states): 22
Change since 2015: -7%

*Rates based on small numbers (<20 pregnancies) are unstable and not provided. All rates are per 1,000

Sources: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics. National ranking calculated by the Guttmacher Institute. 

Updated November 2017. See Archived Statistics

County Comparisons

Side-by-side comparisons of all North Carolina counties. View the County Map for a specific snapshot of your county. 

2016 Teen Pregnancies (15-19-year-olds) by County and Race/Ethnicity

2016 Teen Pregnancies Ranked by County 

2016 Repeat Teen Pregnancies

By Age:

2016 15-17-Year-Old Pregnancies 

2016 18-19-Year-Old Pregnancies

Historical Comparisons

30-Year Teen Pregnancy Trends, 1987-2016

Visit our Archived State Statistics for past years' data sheets. 

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2016, 10-19-year-olds): 16,462
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2016, 10-19-year-olds): 3,743

HIV Cases (2016, 15-19-year-olds): 81


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

North Carolina Schools Health Policies

2009 Healthy Youth Act

NC Healthy Schools Reproductive Health and Safety Education Resources

Healthy Youth Act FAQs

School Violence Prevention Act

Pregnant and Parenting Students FAQs