Over the past seven years Colorado has nearly halved its teen birth rate. Texas, too, has seen its teen birth rate decline, just like most of the US. But if you look closer at these two states, some stark differences emerge.
Colorado is ranked 18th lowest in teen birth rates nationally. Texas is 46th.
Colorado’s has 20 births per 1,000 teenage girls. That’s below the national average of 22. Meanwhile, Texas sees 38 births per 1,000 teenage girls—almost double the rate of Colorado.