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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A government report says teen birth rates in the United States have fallen.

And while numbers have gone down in Texas you have to consider that the Lone Star State is in the top five in the nation when it comes teen pregnancy rates.

Mississippi has the highest teenage birth rate: 55 per thousand teenage girls, followed by New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

“Texas, between 2007 and 2010, the birth rate for women 15 to 19 decreased 15-percent,” explained Brady Hamilton, with the National Center for Health Statistics.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the national rate fell 9-percent with about 34 teenaged girls out of 1,000 getting pregnant.

The decline was seen among all racial and ethnic groups.

“A 9-percent decline between 2009 and 2010 is pretty phenomenal,” said Hamilton. “It could also reflect the success of programs promoting sexual education and abstinence.”

The new study is based on 2010 preliminary data, and shows birthrates among racial and ethnic groups ranging from 10.9 for Asians to 23.5 for whites, 51.5 for blacks and 55.7 for Hispanics.

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