Though the teen birth rate has declined dramatically since the early 1990s, it remains much higher in Texas than the United States.

Additionally, some Texas counties have rates much higher than the state average. Click on any county to see how the teen birth rate has changed over time and compare rates in different counties.  If you just want to see the numbers, click the box on the right titled “Data.”

Data Notes:


Repeat Teen Birth 

While teen parents can complete their education, form strong workforce attachments and achieve their potential, it becomes harder with each additional unintended birth.

Texas had the second highest rate of repeat teen births in the country in 2021. According to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more young women in Texas become parents for a second or third time in their teenage years than any other state in the nation. In 2021, 17% of births to Texas teens aged 15-19 were not the teen’s first. Additionally, among unmarried young women aged 20-24, more than half of births were a repeat birth.

In Texas, teen parents have medical authority over their children, but they don’t have the ability to make decisions about their own healthcare. That means that most cannot access effective contraception without their parents’ approval, even though they are already parents themselves. Texas is one of only 17 states in the country that requires unmarried teen mothers to secure parental consent for birth control.

Health care providers and communities can:

The chart above shows counts of first births to Texas teens and counts of repeat teen births, as well as the percentage of births that are repeated. To see more data, hover over any part of the chart.