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Calaveras County Teen Birth Rate Lowest In State

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The rate of teen births in Calaveras County has dropped more than 30 percent since 1990, making the Mother Lode county one of four in the state with such a large decrease.

According to the Governor´s office Wednesday, California also saw a more than four percent drop in the rate of teen-agers having babies from the year 1999 to 2000.

The rate decrease means that 1,200 fewer teen births occurred in 1999 than in the previous year.

More than 30 of the state´s 58 counties saw a decrease in the teen birth rate, with the greatest percentage drops occurring in Calaveras, Siskiyou, San Benito and Shasta counties.

During the year 2000, California saw more than 56,000 births to mothers under 20 years of age.