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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low

U.S. teen birth rates reached an all-time low in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. According to the report the teenage birth rate dropped 9 percent from 2009 to 2010, to 34.3 live births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 to 19. Babies born to teens between 15 and 19 numbered 367,752 in 2010, down from 409,802 in 2009. Birth rates peaked in 1991, and the overall drop since then has been credited to a number of factors, including more contraceptive education programs, fewer teens having sex, and even an upturn in economy.