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Teen Birth Rates Fall Across Nation, Arkansas Has Highest

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According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the birth rate for teens in America fell 25 percent over five years to a low of 31 births per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19. 

It also found that Arkansas is still the state with the highest amount of babies born to teens, though it has decreased by 16 percent since 2007.

There are 51 teen births per 1,000 females in Arkansas That's over the nation's average by a significant amount.

In 2007, at its highest, Arkansas' teen birth rate was 60 births per 1,000 teen girls.

"Teen birth rates fell steeply in the United States from 2007 to 2011, resuming a decline that began in 1991 but briefly interrupted in 2006 and 2007," a report from the National Center for Health Statistics said. 

The teen birth rate and percentage decline for each state since 2007:

Alabama, 41, 22 percent

Alaska, 36, 16 percent

Arizona, 39, 35 percent

Arkansas, 51, 16 percent

California, 29, 28 percent

Colorado, 29, 31 percent

Connecticut, 16, 29 percent

Delaware, 29, 25 percent

District of Columbia, 43, 15 percent

Florida, 30, 31 percent

Georgia, 38 , 28 percent

Hawaii, 30, 22 percent

Idaho, 28, 31 percent

Illinois, 30, 27 percent

Indiana, 35, 19 percent

Iowa, 25, 23 percent

Kansas, 35, 17 percent

Kentucky, 44, 17 percent

Louisiana, 45, 18 percent

Maine, 21, 20 percent

Maryland, 25, 28 percent

Massachusetts, 15, 28 percent

Michigan, 28, 17 percent

Minnesota, 19, 31 percent

Mississippi, 50, 28 percent

Missouri, 35, 22 percent

Montana, 29, 17 percent

Nebraska, 27, 23 percent

Nevada, 36, 30 percent

New Hampshire, 14, 29 percent

New Jersey, 19, 25 percent

New Mexico, 49, 24 percent

New York, 21, 18 percent

North Carolina, 35, 27 percent

North Dakota, 28, no change

Ohio, 32, 21 percent

Oklahoma, 48, 18 percent

Oregon, 26, 25 percent

Pennsylvania, 25, 19 percent

Rhode Island, 21, 27 percent

South Carolina, 39, 25 percent

South Dakota, 34, 17 percent

Tennessee, 41, 24 percent

Texas, 47, 24 percent

Utah, 23, 35 percent

Vermont, 17, 20 percent

Virginia, 25, 28 percent

Washington, 25, 24 percent

West Virginia, 44, no change

Wisconsin, 23, 25 percent

Wyoming, 35, 29 percent

Sources: Seattle PI, ABC News