11 States With The Biggest Bullying Problems

Bullying remains a persistent issue in the United States, affecting over 20% of students. In this analysis by WalletHub, it examines the problem’s prevalence, impact, and state-level anti-bullying efforts.

1. California

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The worst of the 50 states, California had the highest number of high school students involved in physical fights on school grounds (equal to the District of Columbia and Maryland).

It also had the highest cost of truancy for schools due to bullying (equal to New York and Texas).

With the most incidents overall for bullying and bad scoring for bullying impact and treatment, it seems the beautiful state has a long way to go.

2. Wisconsin

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Wisconsin had the fourth highest number of high school physical fights in the country, which sets them back as the second worst state when it comes to bullying.

The anti-bullying laws are some of the worst in the country, and the number of incidences is high.

Unfortunately, Wisconsin seems to have a lot of work to do before it shows improvement.

3. Alaska

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With equally terrible incident rates and underwhelming laws against bullying, Alaska is third on the list.

It is the state with the highest percentage of high school students bullied on school property and the state with the second highest percentage of high school students bullied online.

Alaska also sadly has the highest percentage of high school students who have attempted suicide, which is three times higher than Colorado, which has the lowest percentage.

4. Missouri

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Similar to Michigan, Missouri has the fifth-highest percentage of high school students bullied online.

It does, however, have one of the lowest percentages of high school students who missed out on school out of fear of being bullied, so all is not lost for Missouri.

Though it ranked badly for bullying frequency, the impact and treatment are average, so it may not take much for Missouri to move back into a better position on the chart.

5. Mississippi

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Scoring an average of 54.11 out of 100, Mississippi is not in the worst position, but it is still the fifth worst state in the country when it comes to bullying problems.

It did not rank highest or lowest for any specific bullying problems, which indicates that though things aren’t great, they’re also not as bad as they could be.

6. Louisiana

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Scoring badly for Bullying Prevalence and Bullying Impact and Treatment, the only reason Louisiana did not rank worse on the list is because the state’s anti-bullying laws are relatively good.

Despite this, the state has the second-highest percentage of high schoolers who have attempted suicide and the fifth-highest percentage of high school students who have been involved in a physical fight.

7. Montana

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With the lowest ranking for Anti-Bullying Laws in the country, Montana inevitably ended up badly on this list.

Though they scored acceptably in other areas, their legislation is not strong when it comes to preventing bullying at the cause.

Surprisingly, Montana had the second lowest cost of truancy for schools due to bullying, so though their laws may need some help, the actual practice of bullying within schools seems to be relatively low.

8.  New Hampshire

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The eighth worst state in the country when it comes to bullying problems, New Hampshire scored badly on Bullying Prevalence and Anti-Bullying Laws, resulting in an overall score of 51.62 out of 100.

They have the highest percentage of high school students bullied online but tied first for the state with the lowest percentage of high school students who have attempted suicide.

9. West Virginia

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Though West Virginia’s scores aren’t the worst, they are still the state with the fourth-highest percentage of high school students bullied online.

A placement of ninth worst out of fifty when it comes to bullying problems isn’t great, but there is hope for West Virginia as they did not crop up as the worst in any other specific problems listed.

10.  Alabama

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We may all know the tune of Sweet Home Alabama, but is the state really so sweet?

With an overall score of 51.10, it is only just below average. Alabama scored low in all three areas, making it consistently lacking across the whole sphere.

Though it is not the worst or best in any of the specified rankings, Alabama still has a way to go if it wants to move further down the list.


11. South Carolina

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South Carolina had the fifth-highest percentage of high school students who missed school out of fear of being bullied, equal only with their counterpart, North Carolina.

They were also the state with the fifth-highest percentage of high school students bullied on school property.

With their lowest score being in Bullying Impact and Treatment, it gives the state a lot to work on before it moves down the list.

Most Friendly States

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If you’re curious about the states that seem to have struck gold amidst the bullying problems, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Colorado all ranked the best.

Given the choice of where to attend high school, either of those three states seems to be the most positive.

WalletHub was not able to include Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington in their analysis due to data limitations, so those three states have been omitted from the final report. 

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Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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