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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007
NCES 2008-021
December 2007

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Table 14.2.

Percentage of students in grades 9-12 who reported carrying a weapon at least 1 day during the previous 30 days, by location and state: 2003 and 2005


  Anywhere On school property     Anywhere On school property
State 2003 2005 2003 2005   State 2003 2005 2003 2005
                     
United States 17.1 18.5 6.1 6.5            
                     
Alabama 19.9 21.0 7.4 8.4   Montana 19.4 21.4 7.2 10.2
Alaska 18.4 7.1   Nebraska 16.0 17.9 5.0 4.8
Arizona 17.0 20.6 4.9 7.4   Nevada 14.9 18.4 6.3 6.8
Arkansas 25.9 10.5   New Hampshire 15.2 16.2 5.8 6.5
California   New Jersey 10.5 3.1
Colorado 17.0 5.4   New Mexico 24.5 8.0
Connecticut 16.3 6.4   New York 13.5 14.3 5.2 5.2
Delaware 16.0 16.6 5.0 5.7   North Carolina 19.2 21.5 6.3 6.4
District of Columbia 25.0 17.2 10.6 6.7   North Dakota 5.7 6.0
Florida 17.2 15.2 5.3 4.7   Ohio 12.6 15.2 3.6 4.4
Georgia 18.7 22.1 5.0 7.5   Oklahoma 21.8 18.9 8.0 7.0
Hawaii 13.3 4.9   Oregon
Idaho 23.9 7.7   Pennsylvania
Illinois   Rhode Island 12.3 12.4 5.9 4.9
Indiana 17.8 19.2 6.3 5.8   South Carolina 20.5 6.7
Iowa 15.7 4.4   South Dakota 7.1 8.3
Kansas 16.2 4.9   Tennessee 21.3 24.1 5.5 8.1
Kentucky 18.5 23.1 7.4 6.8   Texas 19.3 7.9
Louisiana   Utah 15.3 17.7 5.6 7.0
Maine 16.5 18.3 6.6 5.9   Vermont 8.3 9.1
Maryland 19.1 6.9   Virginia
Massachusetts 13.5 15.2 5.0 5.8   Washington
Michigan 15.2 15.8 5.1 4.7   West Virginia 20.7 22.4 6.6 8.5
Minnesota   Wisconsin 13.2 15.8 3.2 3.9
Mississippi 20.0 5.2   Wyoming 24.6 28.0 10.1 10.0
Missouri 16.8 19.4 5.5 7.3            
— Not available.
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" is not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students are simply asked how many days they carried a weapon during the past 30 days. The estimate for the United States is drawn from a nationally representative sample of schools and is not the aggregate of participating states. Each state estimate is based on a sample that is representative of that state. Population sizes from the Digest of Education Statistics, 2005 (NCES 2006-030) for students in grades 9–12 are 15,723,000 in 2003 and 16,286,000 (projected) in 2005.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), previously unpublished tabulation, 2003 and 2005.
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