Although teen pregnancy rates in Virginia have been declining over the past decade, Harrisonburg's pregnancy rate is still three times the state rate. Teen pregnancy is a critical social issue creating large costs for parents, children, and the community. Whether we realize it, or not, we are all affected by teen pregnancy.
In 2008 alone, teen childbearing cost Harrisonburg and Rockingham County taxpayers $3.5 million.
68.4% of our youth are abstinent, but that is not enough.
Of the youth that are engaging in sexual activity, only 54.8% use condoms; as age increases the percentage of youth using condoms decreases
*This data comes from the 2011 Youth Data Survey (YDS) for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Teen Pregnancy in Harrisonburg-Rockingham
Why Should You Care?
It Affects Teen Parents
Research has shown:
50% of teen mothers graduate from high school
Most never graduate college
Many teen mothers have little income and rely on welfare
It Affects Children of Teen Parents
Statistics have shown that children born to teen parents:
Are less prepared when they start school
Are more likely to be incarcerated at some point in their lives
Often live in a single-parent home
Are more likely to become teen parents themselves
It Affects All of Us
In 2008 alone, the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County taxpayers spent nearly $3.5 million on the effects of teen pregnancy. The cost to Page County taxpayers was $850,000 in 2008 alone.
By looking to the future and supporting teen pregnancy prevention programs, we can save money and make sure that all of the youth in Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and Page have an opportunity to thrive.