Swivel has a graph up showing teenage birthrates by race/ethnicity from 1989 to 2006:

The data that was used to create the graph comes from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) in their report, “Births: Final Data for 2006. NVSR Volume 57, Number 7. 102 pp. (PHS) 2009-1120” (pdf). The report was released January 9, 2009.

In that NCHS data it also reports that the birthrate for all unmarried women increased 7 percent from 2006 to 2006 and 16 percent since 2002. They report that:

The proportion of all births to unmarried women reached 38.5 percent of all U.S. births in 2006, up from 36.9 percent in 2005.  All of these measures were at record levels for the United States in 2006.

The mean age of mother at first birth was 25.0 years, a decrease from 25.2 years in 2005. This is the first time the age went down “since the measure has been available.”

Swivel is a site the provide graphic representations of all kinds of data. Their mission: “to make data useful so people share insights, make great decisions and improve lives.” I often find interesting graphs there, and usually it is possible to track back to the original source for the data that was used to create the graph (something worth checking to ensure the quality of the data).

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