* Fairfax County Youth Survey

The Fairfax County Youth Survey is a comprehensive, anonymous and voluntary survey given each year to students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 that examines behaviors, experiences and other factors that influence the health and well-being of Fairfax County's youth. The results provide a snapshot of the county's youth and serve as a barometer of the community's effectiveness in fostering healthy choices in young people. The Youth Survey is a collaboration between Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools.

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The Fairfax County Youth Survey asks questions about risky behavior, mental health, physical health and safety. Question topics include behavior related to:


            Alcohol                               Illegal drugs                      Misuse of prescription drugs

            Depression                        Stress                                 Extracurricular activities  

            Bullying                              Harassment                      Time spent helping others

            Personal health                Obesity                              Screen time

            Eating disorders               Sexual activity


Students are also asked about the positive aspects of their lives and activities, as well as specific protective factors concerning health and safety. See below for links to detailed information about the latest survey results in various media formats.

Interactive Data Explorer

The interactive data explorer allows you to generate custom graphs and data tables on the questions and demographics that you find most interesting from the youth survey. You can see survey highlights to see selected results from various topics, explore the data to create and export graphs from individual questions, or view trends over time.

Three to Succeed

The Fairfax County Youth Survey results indicate that when children and youth have 3 or more positive, protective factors in their lives, they are more likely to manage stress, make better choices, and develop healthy habits. To learn about the many protective factors that help children and teens succeed, including having adults in the community to talk to and participating in after-school activities, click the link below.

Youth Survey Additional Resources

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