Connecticut has the third lowest teen birth rate in the nation, and ranks among the states with the lowest incidence of low birthweight babies, preterm birth rate and percent of births to unmarried mothers, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data, reflecting statistics from calendar year 2014, indicate that Connecticut ranked 32nd in Percent of Births to Unmarried Mothers, 30th among the states in Low Birthweight Rate, and 28th in Preterm Birth Rate. The state ranked 48th in Teen Birth Rate, third lowest in the U.S.
The NCHS data also ranked Connecticut 12th in the Cesarean Delivery Rate.
The Teen Birth Rate, determined by the number of births per 1,000 females age 15-19, was 24.2 nationally. In Connecticut, it was 11.5. The only states with a lower rate were Massachusetts at 10.6 and New Hampshire at 11.0. Among the other states with low teen birth rates, well below the national average, were New Jersey, Vermont, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New York, Maine and Maryland.
The highest rates were in Arkansas (39.5), Oklahoma (38.5), Mississippi (38.), Texas (37.8) and New Mexico (37.8).
Regarding the percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers, a statistic long tracked by federal health officials, three states saw more than half the children born in that category. The highest percentages were in Mississippi (54.0%), Louisiana (52.7) and New Mexico (51.3%).
Connecticut ranked 32nd, at 37.1 percent, slightly lower than the national average of 40.2 percent. The state with the lowest rate was Utah, at 18.6 percent, followed by Colorado (22.4%), Idaho (27.8%), Washington (32.1%) and Minnesota (32.3%).