Study: Teen birth rate highest in rural areas

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Study authors promised to investigate further the reasons for these gaps, including the "unique challenges" facing rural teens.

"There are many factors that may account for the significant and growing disparity in teen birth rates across the rural/urban continuum, including differences in economic wellbeing and opportunity, service availability and more," the report stated.

The National Campaign worked with data from the Centers for Disease Control, and concluded that teen birth rates are higher in rural areas regardless of age or ethnicity.

“Clearly the need for efforts to help rural teens avoid too-early pregnancy and parenthood is great," said the group's CEO, Sarah Brown, in a statement.

Read the report here.