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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010
NCES 2011-002
November 2010


Table 13.3.

Percentage of students in grades 912 who reported having been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months, by location and state: Various years, 20032009


  Anywhere   On school property
State 2003 2005 2007 2009   2003 2005 2007 2009
                   
United States 33.0 35.9 35.5 31.5   12.8 13.6 12.4 11.1
                   
Alabama 30.0 31.7 31.7   12.9 14.6 13.1
Alaska 27.1 29.2 27.8   8.6 10.4 9.8
Arizona 32.4 32.4 31.3 35.9   11.4 11.7 11.3 12.0
Arkansas 32.1 32.8 34.7   13.9 13.0 14.8
California  
Colorado 32.2 32.0   12.1 10.7
Connecticut 32.7 31.4 28.3   10.5 10.5 9.6
Delaware 34.9 30.3 33.0 30.4   11.4 9.8 10.5 8.6
District of Columbia 38.0 36.3 43.0   15.2 16.4 19.8
Florida 32.1 30.0 32.3 29.8   13.3 11.5 12.5 10.5
Georgia 31.4 33.8 34.0 32.3   11.1 12.1 13.1 11.7
Hawaii 27.0 28.6 29.5   10.0 7.0 10.2
Idaho 28.3 32.3 30.0 29.0   11.7 12.1 12.3 10.2
Illinois 33.9 33.0   11.3 11.5
Indiana 30.6 29.3 29.5 29.1   10.9 11.2 11.5 9.5
Iowa 28.3 24.0   11.3 9.1
Kansas 27.9 30.3 27.8   10.1 10.6 9.0
Kentucky 26.4 29.6 27.0 28.7   10.1 12.7 10.6 9.5
Louisiana 36.1   13.7
Maine 26.5 28.2 26.5 22.8   9.1 10.0 10.1 9.1
Maryland 36.6 35.7 32.5   14.9 12.4 11.2
Massachusetts 30.7 28.6 27.5 29.2   10.2 10.2 9.1 8.7
Michigan 30.8 30.1 30.7 31.6   12.2 11.4 11.4 11.3
Minnesota  
Mississippi 30.6 30.6 34.1   10.2 11.9 12.6
Missouri 28.2 29.8 30.9 28.7   9.8 10.2 10.7 9.0
Montana 28.6 30.5 32.8 31.7   10.3 10.9 12.0 10.8
Nebraska 29.6 28.5   10.6 9.3
Nevada 35.0 34.5 31.6 35.0   12.6 14.2 11.3 10.0
New Hampshire 30.5 26.4 27.0 25.9   11.6 10.7 11.3 9.1
New Jersey 30.7 27.5   10.1
New Mexico 36.7 37.1 37.3   15.6 16.9 15.0
New York 32.1 32.1 31.7 29.6   14.6 12.5 12.2 11.4
North Carolina 30.9 29.9 30.1 28.6   10.7 11.6 10.4 9.4
North Dakota 27.2   8.6 10.7 9.6 7.4
Ohio 31.5 30.2 30.4   11.3 10.2 9.4
Oklahoma 28.4 31.1 29.2 30.8   11.4 12.1 10.6 12.8
Oregon  
Pennsylvania 29.6   9.9
Rhode Island 27.6 28.4 26.3 25.1   11.4 11.2 9.6 9.1
South Carolina 31.3 29.1 36.4   12.7 10.8 12.1
South Dakota 27.0 26.5 29.8 27.1   9.0 8.4 9.3 8.3
Tennessee 28.3 30.9 31.8 32.3   12.2 10.9 12.4 11.3
Texas 34.2 34.9 33.3   14.5 13.9 13.2
Utah 28.7 25.9 30.1 28.2   11.9 10.4 11.6 10.6
Vermont 26.9 24.3 26.0 25.6   12.2 12.2 11.5 11.0
Virginia  
Washington  
West Virginia 26.5 29.1 29.9 31.7   10.3 12.1 12.9 11.3
Wisconsin 31.4 32.6 31.2 25.8   11.6 12.2 11.4 9.6
Wyoming 31.2 30.4 27.9 30.9   12.7 12.2 11.6 12.6
— 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.
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, various years, 2003–2009.
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