Teen births in Michigan, its cities and townships: We cannot afford to slow down progress
Teen pregnancies are rarely planned and the consequences of teen childbearing are dire and long lasting. Through concentrated efforts, significant progress has been made to reduce the number of births to teens. Michigan’s teen birth rate has declined steadily and is below the national average; however, both rates remain among the highest of any industrialized country providing evidence that policymakers must continue to focus on strategies that work.
The report finds that low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted. Of the 69 major population centers in Michigan examined for this report, those in wealthy suburban communities in Oakland, Ottawa and Macomb had the smallest percentages of teen births. However, the communities with the largest percentages of teen births were concentrated in central cities in eight counties across the lower half of the state.
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