MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Fewer kids are having kids in Wisconsin’s largest city.
The teen birth rate in Milwaukee went down in 2011 for the fifth year in a row. City health officials said Friday that 33.4 of every thousand girls age 15 to 17 had babies last year.
That’s down by almost 2.5 points from 2010. It’s a smaller decrease than in the recent past, when Milwaukee’s teen birth rate plunged by 5 to 6 points a year.
But Milwaukee’s teen birth rates have fallen faster than in other parts of the country. And Mayor Tom Barrett calls the results very encouraging.
Milwaukee remains on pace to drop its teen birth rate below 30 per thousand by 2015. The city’s Health Department, United Way, and the Center for Urban Population Health set the goal back in 2007.