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 On a per capita basis, San Francisco has the state’s highest rate, with 90 MPX cases for every 100,000 residents. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 Tallinn has provided, on a per capita basis, more military and humanitarian assistance to Kyiv than any other country. Andrew Jeong, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2022 Alabama, on a per capita basis, has more veterans than Idaho and Utah. al, 5 Aug. 2022 The following three tables profile this on a per capita basis. Steven Savage, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Real consumer spending was up 5.2% in the United States on a per capita basis between February 2020 and April 2022, Grimes said, even though people weren't making a great deal more money. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 15 June 2022 Nearly two-thirds of those convicted in Scotland were executed, more than anywhere else in Europe on a per capita basis. James Hookway, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 Libraries were reviewed on such things as circulation, in-person visits, program attendance, computer usage, Wi-Fi sessions and electronic retrievals on a per capita basis, according to the Library Journal. Gloria Casas, chicagotribune.com, 21 Dec. 2021 Interestingly, looking at the global domestic product (GDP) per capita of the areas rated, being in a wealthy area doesn’t guarantee a better digital infrastructure or security. Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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28 Sep 2022

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“Per capita.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per%20capita. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for per capita

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

adverb or adjective
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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