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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007
NCES 2008-021
December 2007

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Table 13.2.

Percentage of students in grades 9-12 who reported having been in a physical fight during the previous 12 months, by location and state: 2003 and 2005


  Anywhere On school property     Anywhere On school property
State 2003 2005 2003 2005   State 2003 2005 2003 2005
                     
United States 33.0 35.9 12.8 13.6            
                     
Alabama 30.0 31.7 12.9 14.6   Montana 28.6 30.5 10.3 10.9
Alaska 27.1 8.6   Nebraska 29.6 28.5 10.6 9.3
Arizona 30.7 32.4 10.8 11.7   Nevada 35.0 34.5 12.6 14.2
Arkansas 32.1 13.9   New Hampshire 30.5 26.4 11.6 10.7
California   New Jersey 30.7 10.1
Colorado 32.2 12.1   New Mexico 36.7 15.7
Connecticut 32.7 10.5   New York 32.1 32.1 14.6 12.5
Delaware 34.9 30.3 11.4 9.8   North Carolina 30.9 29.9 10.7 11.6
District of Columbia 38.0 36.3 15.2 16.4   North Dakota 27.2 8.6 10.7
Florida 32.1 30.0 13.3 11.5   Ohio 31.5 30.2 11.3 10.2
Georgia 31.4 33.8 11.1 12.1   Oklahoma 28.4 31.1 11.4 12.1
Hawaii 27.0 10.0   Oregon
Idaho 28.3 32.3 11.7 12.1   Pennsylvania
Illinois   Rhode Island 27.6 28.4 11.4 11.2
Indiana 30.6 29.3 10.9 11.2   South Carolina 31.3 12.7
Iowa 28.3 11.3   South Dakota 27.0 26.5 9.0 8.4
Kansas 28.0 10.1   Tennessee 28.3 30.9 12.2 10.9
Kentucky 26.4 29.6 10.1 12.7   Texas 34.2 14.5
Louisiana   Utah 28.7 25.9 11.9 10.4
Maine 26.5 28.2 9.2 10.0   Vermont 26.9 24.3 12.2 12.2
Maryland 36.6 14.9   Virginia
Massachusetts 30.7 28.6 10.2 10.2   Washington
Michigan 30.8 30.1 12.2 11.4   West Virginia 26.5 29.1 10.3 12.1
Minnesota   Wisconsin 31.4 32.6 11.6 12.2
Mississippi 30.6 10.3   Wyoming 31.2 30.4 12.7 12.2
Missouri 28.2 29.8 9.8 10.2            
— Not available.
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" is not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students are simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they had been in a physical fight. The estimate for the United States is drawn from a nationally representative sample of schools and is not the aggregate of participating states. Each state estimate is based on a sample that is representative of that state. Population sizes from the Digest of Education Statistics, 2005 (NCES 2006-030) for students in grades 9–12 are 15,723,000 in 2003 and 16,286,000 (projected) in 2005.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), previously unpublished tabulation, 2003 and 2005.
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