The teenage pregnancy rate dropped significantly in Anderson and Knox counties between 2010 and 2013, state officials said Thursday. It fell about 41 percent in Anderson County and 36 percent in Knox County.
There was a smaller overall decrease in Roane County 2010 and 2013, but the rate actually increased in 2011 and 2012, compared to 2010.
The teenage pregnancy rate also fell significantly in Morgan and Union counties, but it was up slightly in Campbell and Loudon counties and it more than doubled in Scott County.
The pregnancy rate is per 1,000 females from ages 15-17.
The state average fell each year from 2010 to 2013:
Here are the numbers for Anderson, Campbell, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, and Union counties:
|Pregnancy rate, per 1,000 females, ages 15-17|
The Tennessee Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability, or OREA, has added a new map to its website illustrating the teen pregnancy rates in counties across the state.
The map is color-coded to reflect which counties have a pregnancy rate exceeding 19.5 per 1,000 females, ages 15-17. The map is based on the most current data, which is from 2013 and published by the Tennessee Department of Health.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-1302 requires all school districts in counties with a pregnancy rate exceeding 19.5 to create and implement a family life education program. Currently, 37 Tennessee counties have rates exceeding 19.5.
The interactive map also includes pregnancy rates for previous years, allowing users to track trends over time.
Click here to view the Tennessee teen pregnancy map and a chart of the rates from 2010 to 2013 in all 95 counties.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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