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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
NCES 2013-036
2013


Table 14.3.

Percentage of public school students in grades 9–12 who reported carrying a weapon at least 1 day during the previous 30 days, by location and state and jurisdiction: Various years, 2003–2011


State and jurisdiction Anywhere   On school property
2003 2005 2007 2009 2011   2003 2005 2007 2009 2011
United States 17.1 18.5 18.0 17.5 16.6   6.1 6.5 5.9 5.6 5.4
                       
Alabama 19.9 21.0 22.9 21.5   7.3 8.4 8.7 8.2
Alaska 18.4 24.4 20.0 19.0   7.1 8.4 7.8 5.7
Arizona 18.4 20.6 20.5 19.9 17.5   5.8 7.4 7.0 6.5 5.7
Arkansas 25.9 20.7 22.9 21.1   10.5 6.8 8.4 6.5
California  
Colorado 17.0 16.7 15.5   5.4 5.5 5.5
Connecticut 16.3 17.2 12.4   6.4 5.5 3.9 6.6
Delaware 16.0 16.6 17.1 18.5 13.5   5.0 5.7 5.4 5.1 5.2
District of Columbia 25.0 17.2 21.3 18.9   10.6 6.7 7.4 5.5
Florida 17.2 15.2 18.0 17.3 15.6   5.3 4.7 5.6 4.7
Georgia 18.7 22.1 19.5 18.8 22.8   5.0 7.5 5.3 6.0 8.6
Hawaii 13.3 14.8 15.9 13.9   4.9 3.7 4.7 4.2
Idaho 23.9 23.6 21.8 22.8   7.7 8.9 6.7 6.3
Illinois 14.3 16.0 12.6   3.7 4.8 3.9
Indiana 17.8 19.2 20.9 18.1 17.0   6.2 5.8 6.9 5.7 3.7
Iowa 15.7 12.8 15.8   4.3 4.4 4.5
Kansas 16.2 18.4 16.0   4.9 5.7 5.1 5.2
Kentucky 18.5 23.1 24.4 21.7 22.8   7.4 6.8 8.0 6.5 7.4
Louisiana 19.6 22.2   5.8 4.2
Maine 16.5 18.3 15.0   6.6 5.9 4.9 8.0
Maryland 19.1 19.3 16.6 15.9   6.9 5.9 4.6 5.3
Massachusetts 13.5 15.2 14.9 12.8 12.3   5.0 5.8 5.0 4.4 3.7
Michigan 15.2 15.8 17.9 16.6 15.7   5.1 4.7 5.0 5.4 3.5
Minnesota  
Mississippi 20.0 17.3 17.2 18.0   5.2 4.8 4.5 4.2
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 23.5   7.2 10.2 9.7 7.9 9.3
Nebraska 16.0 17.9 18.6   5.0 4.8 3.8
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 14.5   5.8 6.5 5.8 8.8
New Jersey 10.5 9.6 9.6   3.1 3.1
New Mexico 24.5 27.5 27.4 22.8   8.0 9.3 8.1 6.5
New York 13.5 14.3 14.2 13.9 12.6   5.2 5.2 4.7 4.8 4.2
North Carolina 19.2 21.5 21.2 19.6 20.8   6.3 6.4 6.8 4.7 6.1
North Dakota   5.7 6.0 5.0 5.4 5.7
Ohio 12.5 15.2 16.6 16.4   3.6 4.4 4.1
Oklahoma 21.8 18.9 22.3 19.0 19.4   8.0 7.0 9.0 5.6 6.1
Oregon  
Pennsylvania 14.8   3.3
Rhode Island 12.3 12.4 12.0 10.4 11.2   5.9 4.9 4.9 4.0 4.0
South Carolina 20.5 19.8 20.4 23.4   6.7 4.8 4.6 6.3
South Dakota   7.1 8.3 6.3 9.2 5.7
Tennessee 21.3 24.1 22.6 20.5 21.1   5.4 8.1 5.6 5.1 5.2
Texas 19.3 18.8 18.2 17.6   7.9 6.8 6.4 4.9
Utah 15.3 17.7 17.1 16.0 16.8   5.6 7.0 7.5 4.6 5.9
Vermont   8.3 9.1 9.6 9.0 9.1
Virginia 20.4   5.7
Washington  
West Virginia 20.7 22.3 21.3 24.4 20.7   6.6 8.5 6.9 6.5 5.5
Wisconsin 13.2 15.8 12.7 10.9 10.4   3.2 3.9 3.6 3.4 3.1
Wyoming 24.6 28.0 26.8 26.0 27.1   10.1 10.0 11.4 11.5 10.5
— Not available.
NOTE: The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students are simply asked how many days they carried a weapon during the past 30 days. In the question that asks students about carrying a weapon at school, "on school propert" was not defined for survey respondents. 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, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 2003–2011, from http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline.
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