• Of the total 2004 teen childbearing costs in North Carolina, 41% were federal costs and 59% were state and local costs.
• The costs of childbearing are greatest for younger teens. In North Carolina, the average annual cost associated with a child born to a mother 17 and younger is $3,868.
• The teen birth rate in North Carolina declined 30 percent between 1991 and 2004. The progress North Carolina has made in reducing teen childbearing saved taxpayers an estimated $219 million in 2004 alone.