codergirl42: It may also be that the dudes going there for work don't wanna get tied down with a kid in North fraking Dakota.
apoptotic: codergirl42: It may also be that the dudes going there for work don't wanna get tied down with a kid in North fraking Dakota.My thought exactly.
madgonad: Hmmm8% of North Dakotans fit in the 'teen' category - about half are women so lets say 4% of the population have the potential to become a 'teen mom' each year.The population of the state of North Dakota is about 700k which means that at any given time there are about 28,000 teenage girls... and 666 of them are getting pregnant in a year.That is over 2% of teenage girls get knocked-up each year. That's terrible! Statistically that means that at least 10% of women in North Dakota are getting pregnant in their teens.
encyclopediaplushuman: Fracking would only decrease teen pregnancy if it leaked dangerous chemicals into the water supply that increase infertility/decrease sex drive.
machodonkeywrestler: encyclopediaplushuman: Fracking would only decrease teen pregnancy if it leaked dangerous chemicals into the water supply that increase infertility/decrease sex drive.Is that you, Rick Romero?
Theaetetus: The explosion of fracking has created thousands of North Dakota jobs and imported single young men by the truckload to fill them. That's helped the state perform better on two major indicators of teen pregnancy: Rates go down in places with low economic inequality and a high ratio of men to women. You might think there would be higher rates of teen pregnancy with more seed floating around, but research suggests that women are more likely to delay pregnancy when they perceive future opportunities to climb the social and economic ranks-to get an education, a job, and a committed partner who benefits from the same. By the numbers, the prospects for North Dakota's women look good: North Dakota now has the third-highest ratio of men to women in the U.S. and the oil boom has pushed North Dakota's overall unemployment rate down to 3.2 percent.Counterpoint:Alaska has the second lowest income inequality in the states. They also have the highest sex ratio of men to women. They also have the 20th highest teen pregnancy rate.Contrast that with Massachusetts, which has the 4th highest income inequality, the number 1 lowest sex ratio of men to women, and the 5th lowest teen pregnancy rate (same links).The study the article cites is by country, not by state. As we found out in the thread yesterday, most places are quite different from America, so correlations elsewhere may not necessarily apply here and vice versa.In short, the reasons for North Dakota's pregnancy rate are probably more complex than mere fracking. As the article notes: "In 1988, far before the Bakken oil field was tapped, the state's rate was the lowest in the nation. It could help that North Dakota is very large, and sparsely populated."
Britney Spear's Speculum: I wonder if they accounted for the somewhat recent increase in male presence in the state thus increasing the overall population and ultimately bringing down the amount of pregnant teens per capita.You can't increase the teen birth rate if you don't import more teens.
Nuclear Monk: Theaetetus: As a teenager in Fargo in 1988, I can attest that frigidity was also a significant factor.
Mattyb710: Wanna know the number one cause of unwanted pregnancies?sperm
JohnnyC: Apparently anal is hot in North Dakota.
Giltric: My guess is the groups with teen pregnancy rates over 100 don't like cold climates.
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