BOISE -- A newly released study by the National Center for Health Statistics shows teen birth rates in the U.S., and in Idaho specifically, have dropped significantly over the last 20 years, for all race and origin groups.
Idaho was included in a group of six other states whose teen birth rates fell at least 30% for all races and origin groups.
The overall birth rate for non-Hispanic, white teenagers dropped 30-39% in Idaho, alongside only two other states, Utah and Connecticut.
But the largest decline in Idaho is among Hispanic teenagers. Rates dropped by more than 40% from the years 2007 to 2011, alone.
The 1991 to 2011 study used girls ages 15 to 19 years old, since pregnancy risk factors elevate when they're teen pregnancies. Teens are more likely to have babies that are considered low birth-weight, preterm, or babies that will die in infancy.
To see more of the NCHS teen birth study, click here.