UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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, an analysis from the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage and Unplanned Pregnancy has estimated that the direct and indirect public costs of teen childbearing totaled $290 million in Minnesota and Wisconsin in 2010.

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 and Minnesota and Wisconsin Health Department data show that all St. Croix Valley counties are below their respective state averages except Burnett County