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22.7

January 20, 2012

New Jersey’s teen birthrate of 22.7 per 1,000 live births annually is the fifth lowest in the nation, according to statehealthfacts.org, a health website funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are the states with lower teen birthrates, with the Granite State having a rate of 16.4 per 1,000. The average for the country was 39.1 per 1,000.

Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are the states with the highest teen birthrates, with Mississippi having nearly triple the rate of New Jersey and Connecticut, with 64.2 per 1,000. Neighboring states of New York (24.4), Pennsylvania (29.3), and Delaware (35.3) were also lower than the national average.

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