per capita

adverb or adjective
per cap·​i·​ta | \ (ˌ)pər-ˈka-pə-tə How to pronounce per capita (audio) \

Definition of per capita

1 : per unit of population : by or for each person the highest income per capita of any state in the union
2 : equally to each individual

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Examples of per capita in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Swan pressed Trump on per capita deaths, a measurement by which the United States is faring far worse than countries in Europe and elsewhere. Washington Post, "Live updates: Trump says coronavirus ‘under control as much as you can control it.’ His experts disagree.," 4 Aug. 2020 Starr, Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties all have per capita incomes between $14,000 and $16,500 — less than half the national average, according to the Census Bureau. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "‘A part of us died:’ Along the U.S-Mexico border, a coronavirus crisis," 1 Aug. 2020 Despite its improvement, Imperial County’s per capita infection rate since the outset of the pandemic — one case for every 19 residents — remains the highest in California, by far. Dustin Gardiner, SFChronicle.com, "Imperial County was a warning for California. Will its shutdown be a model?," 31 July 2020 Among the 20 countries most affected by Covid-19, Bolivia ranks seventh in per capita deaths, according to JHU. Radina Gigova, CNN, "Lawmakers push toxic disinfectant as Covid-19 treatment in Bolivia, against Health Ministry's warnings," 29 July 2020 As of this week, Faz-Garza’s 75211 ZIP code in South Oak Cliff had the largest number of active COVID-19 cases in Dallas County and one of the area’s highest per capita rates. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "How Latino residents in Dallas’ hardest hit ZIP code are weathering COVID-19," 11 July 2020 Several other, far less populous counties have seen large per capita case loads over the past two weeks. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "These rural counties are seeing the highest rates of coronavirus in Alabama right now," 9 July 2020 Currently there are well over 7,000 positive cases on the Navajo Nation—which covers portions of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico—where per capita infections quickly surpassed New York and New Jersey in May. Popular Science, "Arizona reopened too quickly. Now Indigenous nations are paying the price.," 6 July 2020 Currently there are well over 7,000 positive cases on the Navajo Nation – which covers portions of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico – where per capita infections quickly surpassed New York and New Jersey in May. Gwendolyn Saul, The Conversation, "As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also the blame," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of per capita

1682, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads

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The first known use of per capita was in 1682

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10 Aug 2020

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“Per capita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20capita. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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per capita

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English Language Learners Definition of per capita

: by or for each person

per capita

adverb or adjective
per cap·​i·​ta | \ pər-ˈka-pə-tə How to pronounce per capita (audio) \

Kids Definition of per capita

: by or for each person What is the per capita income?

per capita

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per cap·​i·​ta | \ pər-ˈka-pə-tə How to pronounce per capita (audio) \

Legal Definition of per capita

1 : equally to each individual all property to pass to the descendants per capita used of a method of distributing an especially intestate estate — compare per stirpes

Note: Per capita distribution of an estate provides each descendant with an equal share of the estate's assets regardless of the degree of his or her kinship. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc., all receive equal shares.

2 : per unit of population : by or for each individual a high per capita tax burden

History and Etymology for per capita

Medieval Latin, by heads

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