New Mexico has the second-highest teen birth rate in the nation, the federal Centers for Disease Control reported
yesterday. We came in behind Mississippi and ahead of Texas.
However, you have to dig a little deeper into the data (PDF here
) to see that New Mexico's teen birth rate has dropped 43 percent since 1991. Apparently that's when they started counting.
Here's a chart that breaks down birth rates over time by race and ethnicity:
Final interesting tidbit: New Mexico has one of the lowest birth rates for twins, and the
lowest birth rate for triplets, in the country.
Something in the water?