Connecticut Communities

Is Teen Pregnancy Really a Problem in Connecticut?

In some places, yes it is.

Certain communities in Connecticut consistently differ from the state average when it comes to teen births. A much larger proportion of resident births are to teenaged mothers when these communities are compared to the state as a whole. In fact, the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UConn Health has tracked patterns of teen births in the state for almost 20 years. Most recent analyses focus on the last five-year period between 2010 and 2014. These data show that in some Connecticut communities, the proportion of resident births to teen mothers is double and sometimes nearly triple that of the statewide average.

Town Pop. Est. 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Average
Hartford 125,017 15.3 13 12.7 10.1  9.7 12.8
Windham 25,213 14.7 14.8 10.6 8.5  7.1 12.2
New Britain 72,939 14.3 13.3 11.2 9.1  8.6 12.0
Waterbury 109,676 11.9 11.2 9.1 9.6  8.4 10.5
New Haven 130,660 11 9.4 10.3 8.1  7.5 9.7
Bridgeport 147,216 10.7 10.6 8.4 8.2  7.2 9.5
Meriden 60,456 9.4 7.5 9.7 9  7.3 8.9
Norwich 40,347 10.1 9.3 8.8 6.9  5.5 8.8
New London 27,545 11.1 9.6 7.7 7.1  5.5 8.9
East Hartford 51,199 7.6 7.3 8.2 6.8  6.1 7.5
Killingly 17,233 6.6 6.4 10.9 4.9  2.6 7.2
Torrington 35,611 7 6.8 7 6.3  4.7 6.8
West Haven 55,046 6.1 5.7 5.3  4.9 5.7
CONNECTICUT 6.1 5.5 5.2 4.5 4 5.1

Data for this analysis has been provided by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Data from the Annual Registration Report Tables were used, courtesy of DPH. All data analysis was performed by the Family Planning Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at UConn Health.