Just in case you didn’t know, about half of the pregnancies that occur every year in the U.S. (that’s about 6.7 million, according to the Guttmacher Institute) are unplanned, and with more mothers than ever before remaining single, that means there are a whole lot of “happy surprise” babies all across the country.
In case you’re specifically wondering where in these United States are among the worst places for unplanned knocking up to happen, you should check out this handy infographic, made possible by the Huffington Post, using data from the Guttmacher Institute. Based on women between the ages of 15-44, it breaks down the worst states for unplanned pregnancies.
Some facts aren’t really that surprising. For example, California and Texas are the only two states that boast over $1 billion dollars in public spending on unintended births,weighing in at 1.35 billion and 1.23 billion, respectively. Also unsurprising is the fact that only five percent of unexpected pregnancies occur in women who use birth control regularly.
Obviously, here are a ton of factors that affect unplanned pregnancies, such as income, poverty levels, and whether women have adequate access to family planning and health education, but it is interesting to see how it breaks down overall.