Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL Metro Area

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 594,888 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metropolitan area, located in Florida, a total of 901,050 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 14,842 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 10,133 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Miami metro area comprises three counties or county equivalents — and of them, Palm Beach County in Florida has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 149,633 infections in Palm Beach County, or 10,346 for every 100,000 people.

Though Palm Beach County has the lowest per capita infection rate in the Miami metro area, its per capita fatality rate is closely in line with the regional average.

There have been a total of 199 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Palm Beach County, compared to 205 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 16, 2021.

These are all the counties in Florida where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Palm Beach County, FL 10,346 149,633 199 2,883
2 Broward County, FL 12,925 246,767 161 3,079
3 Miami-Dade County, FL 18,584 504,650 238 6,472