For most people, having a family is a blessing, and the decision to embark on this chapter in life is not taken lightly. Parents often weigh many factors — anything from finances to timing. But do other, external factors also influence these decisions? For example, does a state’s poverty rate influence the fertility rate?
While the association between birth and poverty rates is tenuous at best, it seems there is an association between poverty rate and high teen fertility rates. Of the 22 states with above average poverty rates, 17 have teen birth rates that exceed the national teen birth rate of 22 births for every 1,000 15- to 19-year old women.
To identify the states where people are having the most and least babies, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 (the fertility rate) in each state from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 American Community Survey. Poverty rates, births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 (teen birth rate) also came from the ACS.