Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

Every other year, since 1993, the Health Department and the Agency of Education sponsor the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

The YRBS was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disease, injury and social problems among youth. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include:

  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Weight status
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Sexual behaviors

The survey is part of a larger effort to help communities increase the resiliency of young people by reducing high risk behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors. Vermont collects student responses every two years from nearly every high school and middle school in the state. 

State Reports 

The statewide report is based on two surveys: a high school survey of students in grades nine through 12, and a middle school survey of students in grades six through eight conducted in public and public/private schools across the state. All schools and students are invited to participate. Student responses from nearly every high school and middle school in the state are included in these reports. Responses are weighted to reflect all public school students in grades six through 12.

Current Report (2017) NEW!

Previous State Reports

From 1995 to 2009, students in grades eight through twelve took the Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Beginning in 2011, two surveys: a high school survey of students in grades nine through twelve, and a middle school survey of students in grades six through eight were conducted.  

Year State Report State Highlights
2015 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2013 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2011 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2009 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2007 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
2005 State YRBS Report State YRBS Highlights
Supervisory Union/School District Reports

Please note: Many factors influence children’s risk behaviors. Therefore, we urge caution when comparing one Supervisory Union or School District to another.

Supervisory Union/School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Addison Central School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Addison Northeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Addison Northwest School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Barre Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report    
Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report   2013 Report 2011 Report
Blue Mountain School District 2017 Report 2015 Report   2011 Report
Burlington School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Caledonia Central Superviory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report   2011 Report
Caledonia North Supervisory Union (Middle Schools Only) 2017 Report 2015 Report    
Champlain Valley School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Chittenden East Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Colchester School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Essex-Caledonia Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report   2011 Report
Essex North Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report   2011 Report
Essex Westford School District 2017 Report 2015 Chittenden South Supervisory Union 2015 Essex Town Supervisory Union 2013 Chittenden South Supervisory Union 2011 Chittenden South Supervisory Union 2011 Essex Town Supervisory Union
Franklin Northeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Franklin West Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Grand Isle 2017 Report      
Hanover-Norwich School District (SAU70) 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Hartford School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Harwood Unified Union Supervisory District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Lamoille North Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Lamoille South Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report   2011 Peoples Academy

2011 Stowe Middle/High Schools

Maple Run School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Mill River Unified Union Supervisory District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report  
Milton School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Montpelier School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
North Country Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orange East Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orange North Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orange Southwest Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orleans Central Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report   2011 Report
Rivendell Interstate School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Rutland Central Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Rutland City School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
St. Johnsbury (Middle School Only) 2017 Report      
South Burlington Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Springfield School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Two Rivers Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Windsor Southwest 2011 Rutland-Windsor 2011 Windsor Southwest
Washington Central Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Washington Northeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Washington South Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
White River Valley Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union 2015 Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union 2013 Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union 2013 Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union 2011 Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union 2011 Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union
Windham Central Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windham Northeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windham Southeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windham Southwest Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windsor Central Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Winooski School District 2017 Report 2015 Report 2013 Report 2011 Report
Data Briefs
Title Date Type
Smart Snacks in Schools and Teen Soda Consumption
12/21/2017 PDF Download
Sexual Activity, Condom Use and Birth Control Among High School Students
12/21/2017 PDF Download
Benefit of Physical Activity in High School Students
12/21/2017 PDF Download
Making the Connection: Substance Use and Academic Grades
11/14/2017 PDF Download
Racial and Ethnic Minority Middle School Students, 2015
08/14/2017 PDF Download
Racial and Ethnic Minority High School Students, 2015
08/14/2017 PDF Download
Extracurricular Activities: Associated Risk Behaviors and Preventative Factors
06/15/2017 PDF Download
Multiple and Simultaneous Tobacco Use and Other Risk Behaviors Among High School Students
06/02/2017 PDF Download
Frequency of Electronic Vapor Product Use and Other Risk Behaviors Among High School Students
05/24/2017 PDF Download
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Students, 2015
08/03/2017 PDF Download
Heart Health, 2011
03/01/2013 PDF Download
Womens Health, 2011
04/01/2013 PDF Download
Sexual Contact and Risk Behaviors, 2011
08/01/2012 PDF Download
Sexual Violence, 2011
10/01/2012 PDF Download
Mental Health, 2011
12/01/2012 PDF Download
Marijuana Use, 2011
02/01/2013 PDF Download
Marijuana Use, 2015
09/30/2016 PDF Download
Frequency of Current Marijuana Use and Other Risk Behaviors Among High School Students, 2015
10/18/2016 PDF Download
Obesity - Personal Safety and Substance Use, 2013
05/01/2014 PDF Download
Obesity - Physical Activity and Nutrition, 2013
05/01/2014 PDF Download
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Students, 2013
04/01/2014 PDF Download
Parental Communication and Risk Behavior, 2011
01/01/2014 PDF Download
Contraception, 2011
10/01/2013 PDF Download
Bullying Among Middle and High School Youth, 2015
08/22/2016 PDF Download
Screen Time Among High Schoolers, 2015
07/01/2016 PDF Download
Obesity - Demographics and Maternal Education Level, 2013
05/01/2014 PDF Download
Selected Behaviors by Race, 2013
05/30/2014 PDF Download
Tobacco Use, 2011
06/01/2013 PDF Download
Behaviors among High School Students by Race and County, 2011
05/30/2012 PDF Download
Behaviors among Middle School Students by Race and County, 2011
05/30/2012 PDF Download
Youth Indoor Tanning: Data Brief
A two-page report on the use of indoor tanning facilities by high school student before and after the 2012 legislation banning use of tanning beds by minors.
06/01/2016 PDF Download
Sunscreen Use and Sunburn among Vermont Youth
A two-page data brief on the use of sunscreen and the prevalence of sunburn among Vermont youth.
09/26/2016 PDF Download
Youth Tobacco Use: Associated Risks and Assets
05/17/2017 PDF Download
Other Data Analysis Tools and Resources
  • Vermont School Health Profiles
  • CDC YRBS 
  • Youth Online - Youth Online lets you analyze national, state, and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) data from 1991 - 2015. Data from high school and middle school surveys are included. You can filter and sort on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, grade, or site, create customized tables and graphs, and perform statistical tests by site and health topic. 
  • CDC YRBS datasets - CDC provides access to data sets for national, state, and urban school districts from select surveys in the United States. Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) data are available from CDC in two file formats: Access® and ASCII. The Access and ASCII data can be downloaded and used as is. SAS® and SPSS® programs are also provided to convert the ASCII data into SAS® and SPSS® datasets for use in those packages. For more information or to access national datasets, click here.