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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009
NCES 2010-012
December 2009

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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, 2005, and 2007


Anywhere On school property Anywhere On school property
State 2003 2005 2007   2003 2005 2007   State 2003 2005 2007   2003 2005 2007
United States  33.0 35.9 35.5   12.8 13.6 12.4                  
                                 
Alabama  30.0 31.7   12.9 14.6   Montana  28.6 30.5 32.8   10.3 10.9 12.0
Alaska  27.1 29.2   8.6 10.4   Nebraska  29.6 28.5   10.6 9.3
Arizona  32.4 32.4 31.3   11.4 11.7 11.3   Nevada  35.0 34.5 31.6   12.6 14.2 11.3
Arkansas  32.1 32.8   13.9 13.0   New Hampshire  30.5 26.4 27.0   11.6 10.7 11.3
California      New Jersey  30.7   10.1
Colorado  32.2   12.1   New Mexico  36.7 37.1   15.6 16.9
Connecticut  32.7 31.4   10.5 10.5   New York  32.1 32.1 31.7   14.6 12.5 12.2
Delaware  34.9 30.3 33.0   11.4 9.8 10.5   North Carolina  30.9 29.9 30.1   10.7 11.6 10.4
District of Columbia  38.0 36.3 43.0   15.2 16.4 19.8   North Dakota  27.2   8.6 10.7 9.6
Florida  32.1 30.0 32.3   13.3 11.5 12.5   Ohio  31.5 30.2 30.4   11.3 10.2 9.4
Georgia  31.4 33.8 34.0   11.1 12.1 13.1   Oklahoma  28.4 31.1 29.2   11.4 12.1 10.6
Hawaii  27.0 28.6   10.0 7.0   Oregon   
Idaho  28.3 32.3 30.0   11.7 12.1 12.3   Pennsylvania   
Illinois  33.9   11.3   Rhode Island  27.6 28.4 26.3   11.4 11.2 9.6
Indiana  30.6 29.3 29.5   10.9 11.2 11.5   South Carolina  31.3 29.1   12.7 10.8
Iowa  28.3 24.0   11.3 9.1   South Dakota  27.0 26.5 29.8   9.0 8.4 9.3
Kansas  27.9 30.3   10.1 10.6   Tennessee  28.3 30.9 31.8   12.2 10.9 12.4
Kentucky  26.4 29.6 27.0   10.1 12.7 10.6   Texas  34.2 34.9   14.5 13.9
Louisiana      Utah  28.7 25.9 30.1   11.9 10.4 11.6
Maine  26.5 28.2 26.5   9.1 10.0 10.1   Vermont  26.9 24.3 26.0   12.2 12.2 11.5
Maryland  36.6 35.7   14.9 12.4   Virginia   
Massachusetts  30.7 28.6 27.5   10.2 10.2 9.1   Washington   
Michigan  30.8 30.1 30.7   12.2 11.4 11.4   West Virginia  26.5 29.1 29.9   10.3 12.1 12.9
Minnesota      Wisconsin  31.4 32.6 31.2   11.6 12.2 11.4
Mississippi  30.6 30.6   10.2 11.9   Wyoming  31.2 30.4 27.9   12.7 12.2 11.6
Missouri  28.2 29.8 30.9   9.8 10.2 10.7                  
— 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. Estimates were revised and may differ from previously published data.
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, 2005, and 2007.
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