Teen pregnancy rising in Eddy County, drops throughout New Mexico

As teen pregnancy rates dropped throughout New Mexico, Eddy County struggled to address the issue locally, according to child well-being reports.

The county has the fifth-highest teen birth rate in the state according to the 2020 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book. 

The county with the highest teen birth rate in 2019 was Luna County (64 per 1,000) followed by Quay (53 per 1,000), Socorro (48 per 1,000) and Curry counties (47.5 per 1,000).

According to a 2021 report, 24 out of 1,000 teens in New Mexico between the ages of 15-19 gave birth in 2019, higher than the United States average of 17 per 1,000. However, teen pregnancy in New Mexico decreased from 53 per 1,000 in 2010.

In Eddy County 46.4 out of every 1,000 teen girls gave birth in 2019. That means 1 in every 22 girls between the ages of 15 to 19 was pregnant that year.

Lea County had the sixth-highest teen birth rate in the state at 45.4 out of 1,000, and Chavez County had the seventh-highest at 36.4 per 1,000.

Otero County has a teen birth rate of 27.4 per 1,000. Lincoln has one of 20.1 per 1,000 and has the ninth-lowest teen pregnancy rate in the state.