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June 2019: How Do Teens in Your State Compare Nationally?

Do you know how adolescents in your state fare across key dimensions of health and well-being? The HHS Office of Adolescent Health has updated national and state data sheets that provide a convenient way for youth-serving professionals, service providers, and state and local officials to better understand the health and behavior of adolescents in their area. 

How do adolescents in your state compare to the national average?

About OAH's Adolescent Health Data Sheets

The data sheets draw on several large nationally representative surveys to provide the latest estimates on adolescent health and behavior. Measures include physical activity and nutrition, mentorship, family meals, cigarette and e-cigarette use, driving under the influence, depression symptoms, bullying, dating violence, and many more.

The state data sheets cover several dimensions of adolescent well-being: 

  • Physical Health and Nutrition: In 2017, 39 percent of U.S. high school students reported that they have texted or emailed while driving a car or other vehicle. Students in some states are faring better than the national average. In New York, 27 percent of high school students reported that they texted or emailed while driving. Check out additional information on adolescents’ physical health and nutrition. 
  • Mental Health: In 2017, 31 percent of high school students said that over the past 12 months, they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for at least two weeks in a row, enough that they stopped doing some of their usual activities. Learn more about adolescents’ mental health in the U.S. and in your state. 
  • Healthy Relationships: The data sheets on healthy adolescent relationships cover bullying, supportive neighborhoods, family dinners, adult mentors, dating violence, violence at school, and more. Get more information on healthy relationship indicators among adolescents in the U.S. and in your state. 
  • Substance Use: In 2017, 70 percent of high school students in the U.S. reported not drinking alcohol in the previous 30 days. In the District of Columbia, 80 percent of high school students reported not drinking alcohol in the previous 30 days. Find out more about substance use among adolescents in the U.S. and in your state. 
  • Reproductive Health: The U.S. teen birth rate dropped nine percent between 2015 and 2016. Learn more about adolescent reproductive health in the U.S. and in your state. 

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Do you know how adolescents in your state fare across key dimensions of health and well-being? Explore OAH’s updated national and state data sheets to learn more: https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/facts-and-stats/national-and-state-data-sheets/index.html @TeenHealthGov

Do you work with adolescents? Stay up to date with national, state, and island territory adolescent health data. OAH has data on #physicalhealth and nutrition, #mentalhealth, healthy relationships, reproductive health, and substance use. https://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/facts-and-stats/national-and-state-data-sheets/index.html @TeenHealthGov

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on June 17, 2019