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Ten Colorado Counties Where Your Teen Daughter's Likeliest to Get Pregnant


Earlier this year, we told you about an IUD funding bill that had received strong support in the Democrat-controlled Colorado House of Representatives — but we were uncertain about its odds in the Republican-dominated Senate.

Sure enough, the Senate voted against continuing to fund the measure, which had achieved substantial success since its launch (with help from a private grant) in 2008.

In a post following the measure's defeat. we shared data showing that Colorado's teen pregnancy rate was in the middle of the pack compared to the other 49 states — neither outstanding nor appalling.

Now, the folks at FindTheBest.com have taken another angle on the issue — and digits from HealthIndicators.gov shows that Colorado is among the most improved states when it comes to decreasing the number of teens from fifteen-nineteen who get pregnant.


Some Colorado places are doing better than others, however. Below, see the ten counties from the state with the highest teen pregnancy numbers from 2009 to 2013. As you'll see, most of them are rural — but there's one big exception.

Following these photo-illustrated rankings, check out three FindTheBest.com heat maps showing the counties that have done the best job of reducing teen pregnancy, how Colorado's improvement compares nationwide and overall national figures. Much more info is just a click away.

10. Denver County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 51.1

9. Prowers County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 51,2

8. Otero County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 52.2

7. Montezuma County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 52.4

6. Las Animas County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 52.5

5. Baca County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 53

4. Bent County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 54.1

3. Huerfano County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 55.9

2. Rio Grande County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 57.2

1. Crowley County
Births to females 15-19 years of age per 1,000, 2009-2013: 65.8
Counties with the Most Change (have done a good job reducing teenage pregnancy) | FindTheBest

5 year percent change in teen births in Colorado | FindTheBest
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