There are 95 counties in Tennessee, and Shelby County teenagers lead the state in:
Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Nearly half of Tennessee’s cases of Teen STDs are in Shelby County.
School Suspensions – About 28,000 teens were suspended (double the state rate)
School Expulsions – About 4,000 area teens were expelled (5 times the state rate)
Dropout rates – Over 3,000 teens dropped out of school. (More than double the state rate)
Teen Pregnancy – More than 48 out of 1,000 Shelby County teens get pregnant (compared with the state rate of 29 of 1,000)
Poverty – 1 out of every 3 Shelby teenagers live in poverty.
You can read the entire “Kids Count” report by clicking here.