Rutherford County, NC

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

2018 Teen Pregnancies 

Number of pregnancies among 15-19-year-old girls: 75
Teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 38.5

Teen pregnancy rates by race/ethnicity

African American: *
Hispanic: *
White: 34.8
Teen pregnancy rates by age
15-17-year-olds: *
18-19-year-olds: 87.6
Number of pregnancies among 15-17-year-old girls: 17
Number of pregnancies among 18-19-year-old girls: 58
Percent of Repeat Pregnancies: 20.0%
Teen birth rate per 1,000 15-19-year-old girls: 30.8
NC County Ranking (out of 100 counties): 13
Change since 2016: +47%

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

Source: North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics

Updated October 2019. See Archived Statistics.

Sexual Health

Number of Chlamydia Cases (2018, all ages): 284
Number of Gonorrhea Cases (2018, all ages): 179

Number of HIV Reports (2018, 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 Sources: 2018 North Carolina STD Surveillance Report and 2018 North Carolina HIV Surveillance Report - HIV/STD/Hepatitis Surveillance Unit, North Carolina DHHS, Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch (2019)

Rutherford 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

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