Interactive Map: Teen Birth Rate by County, 2009

From West Texas to the suburbs of Houston a number of schools are moving toward “abstinence-plus” education at the urging of health advisory committees made up of community members. The approach emphasizes that waiting to have sex is best, but it also teaches students about condoms and birth control. To get a sense for which parts of the state have the most teen pregnancies, check out our map, which shows the birth rate for girls ages 13 to 17 in 2009.

How is birth rate calculated? Here, the teen birth rate represents the number of births in the county by girls ages 13 to 17, divided by number of girls in that age group who live there. The result is multiplied by 1,000 to represent the number of births per 1,000 girls. It is important to note that the birth rate may be misleading for counties with small populations due to the nature of the calculation, particularly for counties with fewer than 100 girls who meet the age criteria.

Click on a county to see that county's rate, number of births and estimated female population age 13 to 17 in 2009. Or, use the table below the map to view, sort and compare counties.


Birth Rate, Number of Births By Females Age 13-17, 2009


County Teen Birth Rate Number of Live Births Estimated Pop. 2009 - Females Age 13-17
Bexar County 23.6 1,370 58,028
Anderson County 23.6 33 1,400
Andrews County 40 19 475
Angelina County 24.5 75 3,056
Aransas County 21.7 16 736
Archer County 5.8 2 344
Armstrong County 12.5 1 80
Atascosa County 21.5 43 1,997
Austin County 14.6 14 958
Bailey County 34.2 8 234
Bandera County 7.3 5 681
Bastrop County 17 47 2,761
Baylor County 24.8 3 121
Bee County 29.8 29 974
Bell County 21.1 189 8,940
Blanco County 6.7 2 297
Borden County 0 0 15
Bosque County 8.2 5 613
Bowie County 18.1 54 2,976
Brazoria County 13 147 11,334
Brazos County 19.3 91 4,721
Brewster County 12.3 3 244
Briscoe County 34.5 2 58
Brooks County 52.3 15 287
Brown County 23.6 29 1,229
Burleson County 14.4 9 624
Burnet County 16.1 24 1,490
Caldwell County 29.9 40 1,337
Calhoun County 18.9 15 793
Callahan County 12.1 6 495
Cameron County 35.2 569 16,181
Camp County 22.2 11 496
Carson County 18.9 4 212
Cass County 14.4 14 971
Castro County 52.8 15 284
Chambers County 10.6 16 1,511
Cherokee County 22.9 41 1,788
Childress County 32.1 7 218
Clay County 17.5 7 401
Cochran County 42.7 5 117
Coke County 10.2 1 98
Coleman County 29.1 8 275
Collin County 5.1 161 31,613
Collingsworth County 31.3 3 96
Colorado County 18.8 12 639
Comal County 12.8 53 4,132
Comanche County 21.4 10 467
Concho County 15.6 1 64
Cooke County 22.2 30 1,350
Coryell County 5.4 14 2,608
Cottle County 0 0 55
Crane County 39 6 154
Crockett County 63.4 9 142
Crosby County 63 16 254
Culberson County 22.5 2 89
Dallam County 39.5 10 253
Dallas County 24.9 2,129 85,565
Dawson County 36.8 16 435
De Witt County 56.4 43 595
Deaf Smith County 0 0 762
Delta County 9.6 201 188
Denton County 13.4 8 20,925
Dickens County 69 4 58
Dimmit County 22.4 10 447
Donley County 18 2 111
Duval County 20.8 10 480
Eastland County 27.6 15 543
Ector County 44.3 216 4,876
Edwards County 13.9 1 72
El Paso County 29.1 831 6,007
Ellis County 13.5 81 28,523
Erath County 10 12 1,199
Falls County 16.9 10 590
Fannin County 12.1 14 1,160
Fayette County 7.6 6 788
Fisher County 14.4 2 139
Floyd County 21.1 6 285
Foard County 17.2 1 58
Fort Bend County 7.1 175 24,654
Franklin County 17.5 6 342
Freestone County 12 7 583
Frio County 31.4 18 574
Gaines County 40.8 24 588
Galveston County 15.9 158 9,929
Garza County 34.7 6 173
Gillespie County 21.7 17 783
Glasscock County 19.2 1 52
Goliad County 8.5 2 236
Gonzales County 49.8 31 622
Gray County 26.2 20 764
Grayson County 20.7 77 3,725
Gregg County 24.6 103 4,179
Grimes County 24.5 21 857
Guadalupe County 17.5 86 4,913
Hale County 44.9 60 1,337
Hall County 7.6 1 131
Hamilton County 11 3 272
Hansford County 10.1 2 198
Hardeman County 47.2 6 127
Hardin County 16.4 33 2,014
Harris County 22.1 3,105 140,425
Harrison County 16.9 37 2,185
Hartley County 6.1 1 163
Haskell County 23 4 174
Hays County 18.4 78 4,240
Hemphill County 10.5 1 95
Henderson County 16.3 40 2,452
Hidalgo County 31.5 1,064 33,784
Hill County 10.5 13 1,241
Hockley County 30.7 23 748
Hood County 16.7 27 1,621
Hopkins County 15.2 18 1,188
Houston County 16.9 12 710
Howard County 32.7 33 1,008
Hudspeth County 13.3 2 150
Hunt County 19.7 55 2,794
Hutchinson County 40.7 31 761
Irion County 40 2 50
Jack County 10.5 3 286
Jackson County 18.6 9 483
Jasper County 24.3 29 1,195
Jeff Davis County 0 0 75
Jefferson County 19.5 168 8,630
Jim Hogg County 39.8 8 201
Jim Wells County 32.1 54 1,681
Johnson County 18.4 116 6,293
Jones County 15.4 9 583
Karnes County 33.4 15 449
Kaufman County 16.3 66 4,050
Kendall County 5.3 7 1,316
Kenedy County 200 1 5
Kent County 0 0 18
Kerr County 17.8 25 1,405
Kimble County 8.3 1 121
King County 45.5 1 22
Kinney County 9.5 1 105
Kleberg County 40.4 34 842
Knox County 60.2 8 133
La Salle County 25.8 5 735
Lamar County 20.3 33 194
Lamb County 22.7 12 1,623
Lampasas County 10.9 8 528
Lavaca County 15.1 9 598
Lee County 11 7 634
Leon County 10.1 5 493
Liberty County 20.4 62 3,032
Limestone County 29.2 21 718
Lipscomb County 15.9 2 126
Live Oak County 16.5 6 364
Llano County 10.8 5 465
Loving County 0 0 1
Lubbock County 31.9 258 8,078
Lynn County 29.9 6 201
Madison County 25.8 10 101
Marion County 20.3 6 1,435
Martin County 34 7 2,761
Mason County 9.9 1 261
Matagorda County 18.1 26 7,354
Maverick County 28.6 79 19
McCulloch County 23 6 388
McLennan County 22.7 167 296
McMullen County 0 0 206
Medina County 16.9 30 1,777
Menard County 17.5 1 57
Midland County 28.8 138 4,793
Milam County 26.1 23 882
Mills County 0 0 159
Mitchell County 17.2 4 233
Montague County 11.3 7 620
Montgomery County 10.2 186 18,310
Moore County 30.2 26 861
Morris County 26.8 12 448
Motley County 28.6 1 35
Nacogdoches County 20.9 45 2,154
Navarro County 22.3 40 1,790
Newton County 6.1 3 491
Nolan County 21.9 12 547
Nueces County 27.6 303 10,983
Ochiltree County 22.2 8 361
Oldham County 0 0 73
Orange County 17 54 3,171
Palo Pinto County 19.7 18 915
Panola County 26.7 20 749
Parker County 9.6 44 4,562
Parmer County 12.4 5 403
Pecos County 40.7 22 540
Polk County 28.3 41 1,449
Potter County 37.1 151 4,071
Presidio County 34.3 12 350
Rains County 12.2 4 329
Randall County 13.1 52 3,967
Reagan County 17.5 2 114
Real County 0 0 110
Red River County 17.5 8 456
Reeves County 55.6 23 414
Refugio County 33 7 212
Roberts County 55.6 1 18
Robertson County 16.1 10 620
Rockwall County 4.5 16 3,543
Runnels County 17.1 6 351
Rusk County 19.7 30 1,521
Sabine County 6.3 2 320
San Augustine County 28 7 250
San Jacinto County 21.9 19 868
San Patricio County 20.1 60 2,982
San Saba County 20.6 4 194
Schleicher County 0 0 83
Scurry County 40.1 20 499
Shackelford County 14.5 2 138
Shelby County 36.3 35 963
Sherman County 32.8 4 122
Smith County 18.7 136 7,260
Somervell County 18.3 6 327
Starr County 36.6 112 3,061
Stephens County 10.6 3 284
Sterling County 0 0 31
Stonewall County 0 0 44
Sutton County 27.4 4 146
Swisher County 72.3 18 249
Tarrant County 18.7 1,208 64,533
Taylor County 25 99 3,958
Terrell County 0 0 40
Terry County 35.5 14 394
Throckmorton County 22.2 1 45
Titus County 39.6 47 1,186
Tom Green County 25.7 82 3,191
Travis County 21.1 586 27,797
Trinity County 11.9 5 420
Tyler County 12.4 9 724
Upshur County 18.5 24 1,296
Upton County 44.4 4 90
Uvalde County 48.9 51 1,042
Val Verde County 31.7 61 1,927
Van Zandt County 19.3 37 1,919
Victoria County 28.8 89 3,095
Walker County 14.9 21 1,413
Waller County 20.4 29 1,421
Ward County 43.2 15 347
Washington County 24.9 26 1,044
Webb County 40.1 409 10,207
Wharton County 18.3 27 1,477
Wheeler County 12.3 2 163
Wichita County 22.5 97 4,307
Wilbarger County 17.9 9 502
Willacy County 36.6 30 819
Williamson County 8.8 149 16,980
Wilson County 6 10 1,656
Winkler County 25.3 6 237
Wise County 18.7 45 2,403
Wood County 13.3 15 1,128
Yoakum County 37.6 10 266
Young County 18.5 11 596
Zapata County 41.5 26 627
Zavala County 58.9 31 526

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