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Berkshire County Teen Birth Rate Decreases 54% in Five Years

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced  that Berkshire County’s teen birth rate for 2014 is 12.4 births/1,000 15-19 year old females, a decline of over 54% percent from 2009 to 2014. Pittsfield and North Adams experienced the greatest reductions in the teen birth rate with a 57% and 63% reduction respectively. For comparison, the state teen birth rate has declined 46% during the same period, and both the state and Berkshire County rates are below the national rate of 26.5%.