Youth Indicators

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having a child during the teen years carries high costs—emotional, physical, and financial—to the mother, father, child, and community.

For example, the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy has estimated that in 2008 teen pregnancies cost Minnesota and Wisconsin taxpayers $69 million in public health service costs for the children of teen mothers. 

Although the rate of teen pregnancies is declining in the United States, the CDC reports that the current United States rate is a much as nine times higher than in similar countries. CDC data show that the teen birth rate in Minnesota and Wisconsin are below the national average.