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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009
NCES 2010-012
December 2009

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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, 2005, and 2007


State Anywhere   On school property   State Anywhere   On school property
2003 2005 2007 2003 2005 2007 2003 2005 2007 2003 2005 2007
United States  17.1 18.5 18.0   6.1 6.5 5.9                  
                                 
Alabama  19.9 21.0   7.3 8.4   Montana  19.4 21.4 22.1   7.2 10.2 9.7
Alaska  18.4 24.4   7.1 8.4   Nebraska  16.0 17.9   5.0 4.8
Arizona  18.4 20.6 20.5   5.8 7.4 7.0   Nevada  14.9 18.4 14.5   6.3 6.8 4.7
Arkansas  25.9 20.7   10.5 6.8   New Hampshire  15.1 16.2 18.1   5.8 6.5 5.8
California      New Jersey  10.5   3.1
Colorado  17.0   5.4   New Mexico  24.5 27.5   8.0 9.3
Connecticut  16.3 17.2   6.4 5.5   New York  13.5 14.3 14.2   5.2 5.2 4.7
Delaware  16.0 16.6 17.1   5.0 5.7 5.4   North Carolina  19.2 21.5 21.2   6.3 6.4 6.8
District of Columbia  25.0 17.2 21.3   10.6 6.7 7.4   North Dakota    5.7 6.0 5.0
Florida  17.2 15.2 18.0   5.3 4.7 5.6   Ohio  12.5 15.2 16.6   3.6 4.4 4.1
Georgia  18.7 22.1 19.5   5.0 7.5 5.3   Oklahoma  21.8 18.9 22.3   8.0 7.0 9.0
Hawaii  13.3 14.8   4.9 3.7   Oregon   
Idaho  23.9 23.6   7.7 8.9   Pennsylvania   
Illinois  14.3   3.7   Rhode Island  12.3 12.4 12.0   5.9 4.9 4.9
Indiana  17.8 19.2 20.9   6.2 5.8 6.9   South Carolina  20.5 19.8   6.7 4.8
Iowa  15.7 12.8   4.3 4.4   South Dakota    7.1 8.3 6.3
Kansas  16.2 18.4   4.9 5.7   Tennessee  21.3 24.1 22.6   5.4 8.1 5.6
Kentucky  18.5 23.1 24.4   7.4 6.8 8.0   Texas  19.3 18.8   7.9 6.8
Louisiana      Utah  15.3 17.7 17.1   5.6 7.0 7.5
Maine  16.5 18.3 15.0   6.6 5.9 4.9   Vermont    8.3 9.1 9.6
Maryland  19.1 19.3   6.9 5.9   Virginia   
Massachusetts  13.5 15.2 14.9   5.0 5.8 5.0   Washington   
Michigan  15.2 15.8 17.9   5.1 4.7 5.0   West Virginia  20.7 22.3 21.3   6.6 8.5 6.9
Minnesota      Wisconsin  13.2 15.8 12.7   3.2 3.9 3.6
Mississippi  20.0 17.3   5.2 4.8   Wyoming  25 28 27   10 10 11
Missouri  16.8 19.4 18.6   5.5 7.3 4.6                  
— 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. Estimates were revised and may differ from previously published data.
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, 2005, and 2007.
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