The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released national teen pregnancy numbers through 2009. The data shows a remarkable 44% decline in teen pregnancy between 1990 and 2009. That’s great news!
Here’s even better news:
North Carolina – a historically disadvantaged state on many public health markers – outpaced the nation by declining 47% during the same period. What’s more, North Carolina continued the trend by declining an additional 30% between 2009 and 2012. (NC teen pregnancy data is available through 2012, while national data is only available through 2009.)
Unfortunately - at least for us data nerds - there’s not a great way to compare North Carolina and national data beyond looking at the rate of progress. The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics is one of the best state data centers in the country. Their data, however, does not include an estimate of early miscarriages like the CDC does, making any comparison between state and national data an apples-and-oranges task.
Keep up the great work!