- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Statistics show teen pregnancy rates are steadily declining in Shelby County.

The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1LgiNMJ ) reports figures released by the Tennessee Department of Health reveal that teen pregnancy numbers have fallen in the county in each of the past seven years. In the county, there were 1,297 teen pregnancies in 2014 compared to 2,352 reported in 2007.

The statistics resemble a national trend. According to the most recent figures, during 2013, teen birthrates in the U.S. reached a record low of 26.5 live births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 19.

Statistics show Shelby County’s teen birthrates have remained above Tennessee’s rates. During 2013, there were 21.2 births per 1,000 females between the ages of 15 and 17 in Shelby, compared to the state rate of 15.3.

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