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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 14.3.

Percentage of public school students in grades 9–12 who reported carrying a weapon at least one day during the previous 30 days, by location and state: Various years, 2003–2009


State Anywhere   On school property
2003 2005 2007 2009   2003 2005 2007 2009
Public school students                  
United States 17.1 18.5 18.0 17.5   6.1 6.5 5.9 5.6
                   
Alabama 19.9 21.0 22.9   7.3 8.4 8.7
Alaska 18.4 24.4 20.0   7.1 8.4 7.8
Arizona 18.4 20.6 20.5 19.9   5.8 7.4 7.0 6.5
Arkansas 25.9 20.7 22.9   10.5 6.8 8.4
California  
Colorado 17.0 16.7   5.4 5.5
Connecticut 16.3 17.2 12.4   6.4 5.5 3.9
Delaware 16.0 16.6 17.1 18.5   5.0 5.7 5.4 5.1
District of Columbia 25.0 17.2 21.3   10.6 6.7 7.4
Florida 17.2 15.2 18.0 17.3   5.3 4.7 5.6 4.7
Georgia 18.7 22.1 19.5 18.8   5.0 7.5 5.3 6.0
Hawaii 13.3 14.8 15.9   4.9 3.7 4.7
Idaho 23.9 23.6 21.8   7.7 8.9 6.7
Illinois 14.3 16.0   3.7 4.8
Indiana 17.8 19.2 20.9 18.1   6.2 5.8 6.9 5.7
Iowa 15.7 12.8   4.3 4.4
Kansas 16.2 18.4 16.0   4.9 5.7 5.1
Kentucky 18.5 23.1 24.4 21.7   7.4 6.8 8.0 6.5
Louisiana 19.6   5.8
Maine 16.5 18.3 15.0   6.6 5.9 4.9
Maryland 19.1 19.3 16.6   6.9 5.9 4.6
Massachusetts 13.5 15.2 14.9 12.8   5.0 5.8 5.0 4.4
Michigan 15.2 15.8 17.9 16.6   5.1 4.7 5.0 5.4
Minnesota  
Mississippi 20.0 17.3 17.2   5.2 4.8 4.5
Missouri 16.8 19.4 18.6 16.0   5.5 7.3 4.6 5.3
Montana 19.4 21.4 22.1 23.0   7.2 10.2 9.7 7.9
Nebraska 16.0 17.9   5.0 4.8
Nevada 14.9 18.4 14.5 19.1   6.3 6.8 4.7 6.2
New Hampshire 15.1 16.2 18.1   5.8 6.5 5.8 8.8
New Jersey 10.5 9.6   3.1 3.1
New Mexico 24.5 27.5 27.4   8.0 9.3 8.1
New York 13.5 14.3 14.2 13.9   5.2 5.2 4.7 4.8
North Carolina 19.2 21.5 21.2 19.6   6.3 6.4 6.8 4.7
North Dakota   5.7 6.0 5.0 5.4
Ohio 12.5 15.2 16.6   3.6 4.4 4.1
Oklahoma 21.8 18.9 22.3 19.0   8.0 7.0 9.0 5.6
Oregon  
Pennsylvania 14.8   3.3
Rhode Island 12.3 12.4 12.0 10.4   5.9 4.9 4.9 4.0
South Carolina 20.5 19.8 20.4   6.7 4.8 4.6
South Dakota   7.1 8.3 6.3 9.2
Tennessee 21.3 24.1 22.6 20.5   5.4 8.1 5.6 5.1
Texas 19.3 18.8 18.2   7.9 6.8 6.4
Utah 15.3 17.7 17.1 16.0   5.6 7.0 7.5 4.6
Vermont   8.3 9.1 9.6 9.0
Virginia  
Washington  
West Virginia 20.7 22.3 21.3 24.4   6.6 8.5 6.9 6.5
Wisconsin 13.2 15.8 12.7 10.9   3.2 3.9 3.6 3.4
Wyoming 24.6 28.0 26.8 26.0   10.1 10.0 11.4 11.5
— Not available.
NOTE: “On school property” was not defined for survey respondents. The term “anywhere” was not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students were simply asked on how many days they carried a weapon during the past 30 days. National, state, territory, and local YRBS data come from separate scientific samples of schools and students. With the exception of Ohio and South Dakota, state representative samples are drawn from public schools only for the state level data. U.S. total, Ohio and South Dakota include public and private schools.
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, various years, 2003–2009.
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