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Table 231.30. 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: Selected years, 2005 through 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
State Anywhere (including on school property)1 On school property2
2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 2015
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
United States3 35.9 (0.77) 35.5 (0.77) 31.5 (0.70) 32.8 (0.65) 24.7 (0.74) 22.6 (0.87) 13.6 (0.56) 12.4 (0.48) 11.1 (0.54) 12.0 (0.39) 8.1 (0.35) 7.8 (0.54)
Alabama 31.7 (1.84) (†) 31.7 (2.44) 28.4 (1.79) 29.2 (2.32) 24.3 (1.46) 14.6 (1.29) (†) 13.1 (1.41) 11.8 (1.30) 10.9 (0.93) 9.3 (0.82)
Alaska (†) 29.2 (1.77) 27.8 (1.52) 23.7 (1.17) 22.7 (1.64) 20.1 (1.42) (†) 10.4 (1.17) 9.8 (1.04) 7.7 (0.90) (†) 5.8 (0.66)
Arizona 32.4 (1.43) 31.3 (1.54) 35.9 (1.83) 27.7 (1.41) 23.9 (1.48) 22.8 (1.25) 11.7 (0.87) 11.3 (0.72) 12.0 (0.82) 10.8 (0.78) 8.8 (0.94) 7.2 (0.94)
Arkansas 32.1 (1.67) 32.8 (1.79) 34.7 (2.08) 29.1 (1.76) 27.0 (1.30) 24.4 (0.81) 13.9 (1.33) 13.0 (1.03) 14.8 (1.30) 11.0 (1.36) 11.4 (0.89) 11.2 (0.72)
California (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 16.3 (1.55) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 6.6 (0.53)
                                                 
Colorado 32.2 (1.54) (†) 32.0 (1.51) 24.9 (1.69) (†) (†) 12.1 (0.89) (†) 10.7 (0.83) (†) (†) (†)
Connecticut 32.7 (1.45) 31.4 (1.39) 28.3 (1.26) 25.1 (1.53) 22.4 (1.23) 18.4 (1.00) 10.5 (0.72) 10.5 (0.83) 9.6 (0.79) 8.7 (0.84) (†) (†)
Delaware 30.3 (1.38) 33.0 (1.31) 30.4 (1.22) 28.0 (1.59) 25.1 (1.24) 21.2 (1.24) 9.8 (0.82) 10.5 (0.72) 8.6 (0.72) 8.8 (1.02) 9.3 (0.82) 8.1 (0.77)
District of Columbia 36.3 (1.26) 43.0 (1.45) (†) 37.9 (1.71) 37.7 (0.63) 32.4 (0.48) 16.4 (0.88) 19.8 (1.21) (†) 15.8 (1.55) 15.3 (0.47) 13.8 (0.37)
Florida 30.0 (0.94) 32.3 (1.24) 29.8 (0.83) 28.0 (0.72) 22.0 (0.77) 20.9 (0.84) 11.5 (0.77) 12.5 (0.84) 10.5 (0.47) 10.2 (0.44) 8.1 (0.52) 7.6 (0.53)
                                                 
Georgia 33.8 (1.40) 34.0 (1.26) 32.3 (1.76) 33.1 (1.65) 21.4 (1.24) (†) 12.1 (1.01) 13.1 (1.07) 11.7 (1.21) 11.9 (1.07) 10.3 (1.37) (†)
Hawaii 27.0 (1.37) 28.6 (2.20) 29.5 (1.92) 22.3 (1.11) 16.7 (0.87) 15.0 (0.94) 10.0 (1.01) 7.0 (0.78) 10.2 (0.99) 8.2 (0.75) (†) (†)
Idaho 32.3 (1.38) 30.0 (1.39) 29.0 (1.08) 26.4 (1.45) 21.6 (1.18) 23.2 (1.05) 12.1 (1.14) 12.3 (0.98) 10.2 (0.79) 9.4 (0.81) 7.3 (0.75) 6.0 (0.59)
Illinois (†) 33.9 (1.91) 33.0 (1.38) 29.5 (1.41) 24.6 (1.67) 22.7 (1.51) (†) 11.3 (1.11) 11.5 (0.82) 9.8 (0.69) 8.2 (0.66) 7.7 (0.94)
Indiana 29.3 (1.51) 29.5 (1.35) 29.1 (1.51) 29.0 (1.34) (†) 18.1 (1.63) 11.2 (0.98) 11.5 (0.92) 9.5 (1.18) 8.9 (0.80) (†) 5.5 (0.73)
                                                 
Iowa 28.3 (1.61) 24.0 (1.39) (†) 24.4 (1.87) (†) (†) 11.3 (1.12) 9.1 (0.96) (†) 9.6 (0.89) (†) (†)
Kansas 27.9 (1.51) 30.3 (1.62) 27.8 (1.37) 22.4 (1.40) 20.4 (1.21) (†) 10.1 (0.92) 10.6 (1.04) 9.0 (0.81) 7.8 (0.84) 7.2 (0.72) (†)
Kentucky 29.6 (1.17) 27.0 (0.98) 28.7 (1.66) 28.7 (1.65) 21.2 (1.20) 19.9 (1.10) 12.7 (0.81) 10.6 (0.65) 9.5 (0.93) 11.4 (0.93) 6.0 (0.94) 7.8 (0.76)
Louisiana (†) (†) 36.1 (1.60) 36.0 (2.72) 30.8 (2.59) (†) (†) (†) 13.7 (1.28) 15.8 (2.17) 12.0 (1.68) (†)
Maine 28.2 (1.11) 26.5 (1.93) 22.8 (0.55) 19.5 (0.46) 17.0 (0.40) 15.1 (0.62) 10.0 (1.03) 10.1 (1.09) 9.1 (0.33) 7.9 (0.27) 5.7 (0.29) 4.9 (0.31)
                                                 
Maryland 36.6 (1.83) 35.7 (2.62) 32.5 (2.23) 29.1 (1.80) (†) (†) 14.9 (1.33) 12.4 (1.69) 11.2 (1.30) 11.1 (1.24) 14.3 (0.32) 12.2 (0.30)
Massachusetts 28.6 (1.33) 27.5 (1.34) 29.2 (1.24) 25.4 (0.92) 20.3 (0.91) 19.2 (1.32) 10.2 (0.67) 9.1 (0.81) 8.7 (0.68) 7.1 (0.65) 4.6 (0.49) 5.6 (0.60)
Michigan 30.1 (2.02) 30.7 (1.89) 31.6 (1.72) 27.4 (1.32) 21.6 (0.88) 20.4 (1.33) 11.4 (1.11) 11.4 (0.89) 11.3 (1.02) 9.1 (0.68) 6.9 (0.55) 7.5 (0.94)
Minnesota (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Mississippi (†) 30.6 (1.43) 34.1 (1.73) 29.3 (1.72) 31.0 (1.84) 27.3 (1.78) (†) 11.9 (0.96) 12.6 (1.02) 12.3 (1.06) 13.6 (1.40) 8.7 (1.08)
                                                 
Missouri 29.8 (2.12) 30.9 (2.18) 28.7 (1.34) (†) (†) (†) 10.2 (1.31) 10.7 (1.21) 9.0 (0.97) (†) (†) (†)
Montana 30.5 (1.19) 32.8 (1.08) 31.7 (2.25) 25.4 (0.73) 22.8 (0.90) 22.4 (0.82) 10.9 (0.67) 12.0 (0.75) 10.8 (1.33) 9.1 (0.51) 7.3 (0.37) 7.6 (0.53)
Nebraska 28.5 (1.02) (†) (†) 26.7 (1.09) 20.1 (1.22) 19.7 (1.08) 9.3 (0.60) (†) (†) 7.4 (0.68) 5.7 (0.70) 5.5 (0.62)
Nevada 34.5 (1.78) 31.6 (1.53) 35.0 (1.45) (†) 23.6 (1.93) 20.1 (1.18) 14.2 (1.32) 11.3 (1.10) 10.0 (0.82) (†) 6.8 (1.12) 6.8 (0.83)
New Hampshire 26.4 (1.84) 27.0 (1.40) 25.9 (1.59) 23.8 (1.27) (†) (†) 10.7 (1.06) 11.3 (0.70) 9.1 (0.87) 9.9 (0.89) 6.9 (0.81) 6.4 (0.27)
                                                 
New Jersey 30.7 (2.18) (†) 27.5 (1.46) 23.9 (1.56) 21.8 (1.34) (†) 10.1 (1.31) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
New Mexico 36.7 (1.47) 37.1 (1.06) 37.3 (1.07) 31.5 (1.02) 27.2 (1.27) 25.9 (0.86) 15.6 (1.19) 16.9 (0.70) 15.0 (0.85) 11.3 (0.78) 9.7 (0.61) 8.5 (0.51)
New York 32.1 (1.07) 31.7 (1.08) 29.6 (1.23) 27.0 (1.25) 22.8 (1.10) 20.2 (0.88) 12.5 (0.74) 12.2 (0.91) 11.4 (0.91) (†) (†) (†)
North Carolina 29.9 (1.41) 30.1 (1.54) 28.6 (0.96) 27.6 (1.37) 24.1 (1.49) 20.7 (1.61) 11.6 (0.85) 10.4 (0.84) 9.4 (0.43) 10.6 (1.01) 7.6 (0.94) 6.9 (0.70)
North Dakota (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 10.7 (1.13) 9.6 (0.79) 7.4 (0.78) 8.2 (0.73) 8.8 (0.75) 5.4 (0.63)
                                                 
Ohio4 30.2 (1.95) 30.4 (1.57) (†) 31.2 (1.58) 19.8 (1.49) (†) 10.2 (1.17) 9.4 (0.82) (†) 8.8 (0.68) 6.2 (0.88) (†)
Oklahoma 31.1 (1.63) 29.2 (1.37) 30.8 (2.10) 28.5 (1.96) 25.1 (1.79) 21.0 (1.57) 12.1 (1.13) 10.6 (0.81) 12.8 (1.43) 9.4 (1.25) 7.2 (1.05) 7.1 (1.03)
Oregon (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Pennsylvania (†) (†) 29.6 (1.76) (†) (†) 21.7 (1.43) (†) (†) 9.9 (1.01) (†) (†) 6.8 (0.84)
Rhode Island 28.4 (1.34) 26.3 (1.61) 25.1 (0.83) 23.5 (0.81) 18.8 (1.12) (†) 11.2 (0.80) 9.6 (0.93) 9.1 (0.73) 7.8 (0.52) 6.4 (0.52) 9.1 (1.00)
                                                 
South Carolina 31.3 (1.68) 29.1 (1.37) 36.4 (2.06) 32.6 (2.04) 26.7 (1.42) 25.8 (1.95) 12.7 (1.18) 10.8 (0.86) 12.1 (1.43) 12.2 (1.48) 9.6 (1.17) 9.1 (1.36)
South Dakota4 26.5 (2.86) 29.8 (2.00) 27.1 (1.36) 24.5 (2.22) 24.2 (2.04) 21.7 (2.46) 8.4 (1.56) 9.3 (1.32) 8.3 (0.52) 8.2 (0.92) 6.6 (0.52) 6.8 (1.35)
Tennessee 30.9 (1.66) 31.8 (1.55) 32.3 (1.31) 30.8 (1.24) 25.7 (1.69) (†) 10.9 (1.00) 12.4 (1.13) 11.3 (0.96) 10.5 (0.83) 10.4 (1.02) 10.8 (0.74)
Texas 34.2 (1.57) 34.9 (1.17) 33.3 (1.05) 34.1 (0.92) 25.4 (1.33) (†) 14.5 (0.94) 13.9 (0.90) 13.2 (0.67) 12.5 (0.65) 9.1 (0.79) (†)
Utah 25.9 (1.84) 30.1 (2.01) 28.2 (1.61) 23.9 (1.88) 21.3 (1.16) (†) 10.4 (1.57) 11.6 (1.36) 10.6 (0.84) 8.1 (1.18) 6.9 (0.65) (†)
                                                 
Vermont 24.3 (1.36) 26.0 (1.44) 25.6 (0.71) 23.1 (1.42) (†) 18.4 (0.27) 12.2 (0.98) 11.5 (0.88) 11.0 (0.36) 8.8 (0.72) 9.4 (0.50) 7.4 (0.18)
Virginia (†) (†) (†) 24.9 (1.71) 23.5 (0.90) 20.6 (1.02) (†) (†) (†) 7.9 (0.93) (†) 7.7 (0.63)
Washington (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
West Virginia 29.1 (1.88) 29.9 (2.39) 31.7 (1.96) 25.7 (1.66) 25.2 (1.84) 20.5 (1.41) 12.1 (1.41) 12.9 (1.70) 11.3 (1.07) 10.3 (1.02) 9.1 (1.08) 7.3 (1.17)
Wisconsin 32.6 (1.51) 31.2 (1.46) 25.8 (1.52) 25.3 (1.72) 22.4 (1.46) (†) 12.2 (1.03) 11.4 (0.97) 9.6 (0.87) 9.1 (0.95) 6.8 (0.69) (†)
Wyoming 30.4 (1.08) 27.9 (1.12) 30.9 (1.17) 26.5 (1.08) 24.3 (1.11) 19.7 (1.23) 12.2 (0.72) 11.6 (0.83) 12.6 (0.73) 11.3 (0.65) 8.9 (0.60) 6.1 (0.59)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students were simply asked how many times in the past 12 months they had been in a physical fight.
2 In the question asking students about physical fights at school, "on school property" was not defined for survey respondents.
3 Data for the U.S. total include both public and private schools and were collected through a national survey representing the entire country.
4 Data include both public and private schools.
NOTE: State-level data include public schools only, with the exception of data for Ohio and South Dakota. Data for the U.S. total, Ohio, and South Dakota include both public and private schools. For specific states, a given year’s data may be unavailable (1) because the state did not participate in the survey that year; (2) because the state omitted this particular survey item from the state-level questionnaire; or (3) because the state had an overall response rate of less than 60 percent (the overall response rate is the school response rate multiplied by the student response rate).
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2005 through 2015. (This table was prepared July 2016.)

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