Requesting Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) Data Files
For which jurisdictions are YRBSS data files available?
YRBSS data files are available for the United States overall, most states, some territories, some large urban school districts, and some tribal governments. Availability depends on YRBS participation, data quality, and data-sharing policies. See Participation History & Data Quality for more information about data availability.
Why are results not available from every state?
Results are not available from every state for several reasons. First, three states (Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington) do not participate in the YRBSS. Second, some states that do participate do not achieve a high enough overall response rate to receive weighted results. Therefore, their results are not posted on the CDC web site and CDC does not distribute their data. The Participation Map and the Participation History & Data Quality tables provide more details on which states participated in the YRBS and whether they obtained weighted data.
How can I get National YRBSS data files?
National YRBSS data files and documentation are available for download at YRBSS Data Files & Methods. There is no charge for the data nor is permission needed to download or use the data.
Do the National YRBSS data files have state identifiers?
The National YRBSS data files posted on the YRBS web site do not contain state or region identifiers because the national samples are not constructed to provide representative data at state or region levels. However, National YRBSS data files with state identifiers included are available upon request using the YRBSS Data Request Form. The National YRBSS data files will not contain data from every state because the national survey is an independent sample; it is not the aggregate of individual state and local data files.
Do the National YRBSS data files include schools and students from every state?
No. The National YRBS sample is designed to be representative of students in grades 9-12 in the United States overall and therefore does not necessarily include students from every state.
How can I get state, district, territory, or tribal government YRBSS data?
State, district, territory, and tribal government data and documentation are owned and controlled by the jurisdictions that conducted the surveys. Many sites have given CDC permission to distribute their data upon request, but others manage the distribution of their data files themselves.
To request data files and documentation for a specific jurisdiction, follow these steps:
- View the High School or Middle School participation pages to see which sites have weighted data in which survey years and to see which sites have given permission for CDC to distribute their data.
- Complete the YRBSS Data Request Form, indicating the survey data you would like to receive.
- For sites that have given CDC YRBSS data distribution permission, we will email data files to you directly. For sites that have not given CDC distribution permission, we will email you contact information for that site; you will need to contact the site directly to discuss your data request.
Are YRBS results available at the county level?
CDC funds certain large urban school districts to conduct a YRBS. Some of those districts are county-based. See Participation History & Data Quality for more information about county-based school districts with YRBS data. No other local YRBS data are available.
County-level identifiers are not available in the National YRBSS data file or in most state data files.
Are YRBS results available at the school level?
School-level YRBS data or school identifiers are not available in any public-use YRBS dataset. YRBS data are not designed to be representative at the school level.
Are YRBS results available for my town/city/district?
CDC funds certain large urban school districts to conduct a YRBS. See Participation History & Data Quality for more information about school districts with YRBS data.
In which data file formats are YRBSS data available?
National YRBSS data files are available in SAS, SPSS, ASCII, and Access formats. They can be downloaded at YRBSS Data Files & Methods.
State, district, territory, and tribal government data from surveys conducted since 1999 are available in SAS, SPSS, ASCII, and Access formats. State, district, territory, and tribal government data from surveys conducted prior to 1999 are available in ASCII only.
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