Selected Findings - Health and Wellness

Health Status
In 2008, reports of health status for 18- to 24-year-olds varied by educational attainment. A greater percentage of young adults with a bachelor's or higher degree (90 percent) reported being in excellent or very good health than did those with lower levels of education, ranging from 65 percent for those who had not completed high school, 72 percent for high school completers, and 82 percent each for those with some college education or an associate's degree.

Personal Safety
Between 1991 and 2009, the percentages of high school students who reported engaging in each of the following behaviors declined: carrying a weapon, driving after drinking alcohol, riding with a driver who had been drinking alcohol, and engaging in a physical fight. For example, between these years, the percentage of high school students who drove after drinking alcohol decreased from 21 to 12 percent for males and from 12 to 8 percent for females.