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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.

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National Trends, 1991—2013

Changes in youth risk behaviors from 1991 through 2013:

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 Use

Technical Resources
Interpretation of YRBS Trend Data
Combining YRBS Data Across Years and Sites
Conducting Trend Analyses of YRBS Data

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Compare State/District and National Results

The following links provide tables that compare 2013 state and district YRBS data with 2013 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 Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada 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

Baltimore, MD Boston, MA
Broward County, FL Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC
Chicago, IL 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 2013 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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