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This map shows a snapshot of how many women gave birth as teenagers across different areas.
Nationally, the teen pregnancy rate has gone down in the past 20 years, but the U.S. still has a higher rate than many other developed countries. You'll have to zoom out of town to see the larger pockets where teen parenting is more common.
The data are from the United States Census Bureau's 2011 American Community Survey. These values are an estimate for 2011 taking into account 60 months of collected data. You can learn more about the survey here.
Using your cursor, you can hover over any census tract – the geographic region defined by the U.S. Census – and see how many teen mothers per 1,000 women there are. The number will appear in the box in the upper right hand corner of the map.
What do you think explains the differences in number of teenage moms across the area? Tell us in a comment or a blog post.