From the May/June issue of the National Urban Coalition's newsletter, NUC Urban Exchange (based on information from the Children's Defense Fund):
Poor teen girls, whether black, white or Hispanic, are three to four times more likely to become unwed parents than nonpoor teens.
While minority teens account for only 27 percent of the adolescent population, they account for 40 percent of the adolescent births and 57 percent of births to unmarried teens.
Three out of four single mothers under age 25 live below the poverty line. Babies born to young single mothers are three times more likely to be poor than those born in two-parent families. . . .
Teens who are behind in school or lacking basic skills are at high risk for unwed parenthood. Black and Hispanic teens are more likely than white teens to be educationally on the margin, but these indicators of school failure, like dropout rates, are, upon examination, more closely related to poverty than to race.
Single parenthood among teens is also more strongly linked to poverty than to race or other indicators. Black children make up 15 percent of the child population, 31 percent of poor children and 28 percent of the teen parent population. Hispanic children make up nine percent of the child population, almost 16 percent of the children living in poverty, and 12 percent of the teen parent population. Poverty rates among black and Hispanic children living in two-parent families are twice as high as those found among white children.