“A Mystery So Easily Solved”
Kern County is amongst the 58 counties in California and is located in the San Joaquin Valley. The 14 major cities that are a part of Kern County include: Arvin, Bakersfield, California City, Delano, Kern River Valley, Maricopa, McFarland, Randsburg, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Shafter, Taft, Tehachapi, and Wasco. Kern County is not known for many things, but one thing it is known for is its’ high teen pregnancy rate and its’ bad health behaviors. According to the Kern County website it is ranked number 56 of 56 counties in California for health behaviors (smoking, obesity, binge drinking, car crash deaths, teen birth rates, and chlamydia rates); and is also ranked number 56 for physical environment (air pollution, liquor store density, and access to health foods). (Norman Constantine.)
In 1991 Kern County had a teenage pregnancy rate of 70 babies per every 1,000 females. While the United States’ teen pregnancy rate was at an enormous high of 87 babies per every 1,000 females (Tamarah Moss). Fortunately, the teen pregnancy rate in Kern County and the United States has significantly declined since 1991. The National Center for Health Statistics made an incredible claim that “If the teen birth rate had remained at 1991 levels through out the entire 1990’s, there would have been about 550,000 additional births to teens over the decade.” If this had happened the already failing economy that not only Kern County and California faces but the United States faces as well would have more than likely already completely been destroyed, leaving many more people homeless, without food or clothing. This would also create an even greater unemployment rate than there already is.
“In 2002 the Valley teen birth rate was almost 50% higher than that of the United States’ rate, and over 50% higher than the rate of California” (Adolescence Interrupted, CSU Fresno). Having grown up in Bakersfield these percentages honestly scare the shit out of...
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