NEW YORK (AP) _ A new government report finds that the six New England states have some of the lowest teen birth rates in the nation.

Nearly every state in the nation saw a decline in teen births from 2007 to 2010.  (See the full list)

The lowest 2010 rate was in New Hampshire, which had 15.7 births per 1,000 teenage girls. Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island are also in the bottom seven along with New Jersey. Rhode Island, the highest of the New England states, had 22.3 births per 1,000 teenage girls.

The highest rate in the country is in Mississippi, which had 55 births per 1,000 teenage girls in 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention previously reported that U.S. births by mothers of all ages had dropped in 2010 for the third straight year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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