NEW YORK (May 23, 2013)—A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a big drop in teen birth rates that some experts say is startling.
All states except for West Virginia and North Dakota showed significant drops over five years, but in the Mountain States of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Utah rates fell by 30 percent or more.
In Texas, which has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country, teen births dropped 24 percent.
In 22 states, teen Hispanic birth rates plunged at least 40 percent, which was described as "just amazing," by the report's lead author, Brady Hamilton of the CDC.
Experts believe the explanation is complicated and probably varies a bit from state to state.
The report released Thursday shows the lowest birth rates are in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont while the highest continue to be in the South, led by Arkansas and Mississippi.
An overall decline in births the past five years is attributed to a weak economy.