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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 13.3.

Percentage of public school students in grades 9–12 who reported having been in a physical fight at least one time during the previous 12 months, by location and state: Various years, 2003–2009


State Anywhere   On school property
2003 2005 2007 2009   2003 2005 2007 2009
Public school students                  
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” was not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students were simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they had been in a physical fight. National, state, territory, and local YRBS data come from separate scientific samples of schools and students. With the exception of Ohio and South Dakota, state representative samples are drawn from public schools only for the state level data. U.S. total, Ohio and South Dakota include public and private schools.
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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