Watauga County, NC

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

2017 Teen Pregnancies 

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 23
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 7.3
Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity
African American: *
Hispanic: *
White: 6.9
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: *
18-19-year-olds: 7.9
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 3
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 20
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 8.7%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: *
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 71
Change since 2016: +4.3%

*Rates based on small numbers (<20 pregnancies) are unstable and not provided, nor do they receive a NC County Ranking or Change %.

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated September 2018. See Archived Statistics.

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2017, all ages): 267
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2017, all ages): 22

Number of HIV Reports (2017, all ages): 2

The total numbers of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea cases are useful indicators of adolescent sexual health as they are most common in adolescents.

HIV reports are notable because youth ages 13-24 account for more than 25% of new infections in the United States. 

Source: NC DHHS Communicable Diseases Branch


Watauga County Schools Health Policies

Comprehensive Health Education

School Policy on Bullying/Harassment

Education for Pregnant/Parenting Students

Organizations that Support Adolescent Sexual Health

The Children's Council of Watauga County (NC TPPI Adolescent Parenting Program)


Western Youth Network

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