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Youth Risk Behavior Survey Fact Sheets

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) provides data on health-risk behaviors among 9th–12th grade students in the United States, including behaviors that contribute to injuries and violence; alcohol or other drug use; tobacco use; sexual risk behaviors; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. YRBS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults.

Note: The PDFs on this page are approximately 50K-400K.

National Results, 2011

Key findings from the 2011 national YRBS on health-risk behaviors among 9th–12th grade students in the United States:


Health Risk Behaviors by Sex

Health Risk Behaviors by Race/Ethnicity

National Trends, 1991—2011

Changes in youth risk behaviors from 1991 through 2011:

All Students

By Race/Ethnicity

Topic Specific
Alcohol Use
Behaviors that Contribute to Unintentional Injury
Behaviors that Contribute to Violence
Behaviors that Contribute to Violence on School Property
Marijuana, Cocaine, and Other Illegal Drug Use
Obesity, Dietary Behaviors and Weight Control Practices
Physical Activity
Sexual Behaviors and HIV Testing
Suicide-Related Behaviors
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illegal Drug Use on School Property
Tobacco Use

Technical Resource
Interpretation of YRBS Trend Data

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Compare State/District and National Results

The following links provide tables that compare 2011 state and district YRBS data with 2011 national YRBS data. Each table includes

  • Selected state or district prevalence estimates and confidence intervals
  • National prevalence estimates and confidence intervals
  • Comparisons between the selected state or district and national data based on t-test analyses

The tables can be modified by clicking on the “Modify Table Data” link at the top of the table.

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado
Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts
Michigan Mississippi Montana Nebraska New Hampshire
New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota
Ohio Oklahoma Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota
Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia
West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

Boston, MA Broward County, FL
Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC Chicago, IL
Dallas, TX Detroit, MI
District of Columbia Duval County, FL
Houston, TX Los Angeles, CA
Memphis, TN Miami-Dade County, FL
Milwaukee, WI New York City, NY
Orange County, FL Palm Beach County, FL
Philadelphia, PA San Bernardino, CA
San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA  

* States and districts listed above had weighted data for the 2011 YRBS. This means that the site achieved at least a 60% overall response rate. With weighted data, it is possible to say, for example, "X% of high school students in our state smoked cigarettes during the past month."

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Youth Risk Behavior and School Health Policy Fact Sheets

For the United States overall and for select states and school districts, these fact sheets present information about the percentages of youth who engage in certain risk behaviors, along with the status of school health policies and programs designed to address those behaviors.

Obesity, Dietary Behavior, & Physical Activity
Sexual Risk Behavior
Tobacco Use



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