Special Report

COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 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 New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area, which covers parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, a total of 2,388,309 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 11,947 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 New York-Newark-Jersey City than they are nationwide, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader New York metro area comprises 25 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Pike County in Pennsylvania has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 4,018 infections in Pike County, or 7,240 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Pike County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the New York metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 97 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Pike County, below the 327 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area.

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

These are all the counties in Pennsylvania 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 Pike County, PA 7,240 4,018 97 54
2 Hunterdon County, NJ 7,859 9,828 141 176
3 New York County, NY 8,468 138,244 276 4,499
4 Somerset County, NJ 9,122 30,118 256 846
5 Sussex County, NJ 9,866 14,039 214 305
6 Dutchess County, NY 10,027 29,470 151 445
7 Morris County, NJ 10,162 50,237 250 1,237
8 Putnam County, NY 10,705 10,605 93 92
9 Kings County, NY 10,788 280,563 402 10,454
10 Middlesex County, NJ 11,182 92,439 286 2,365
11 Bergen County, NJ 11,245 104,574 309 2,878
12 Essex County, NJ 11,881 94,279 379 3,007
13 Queens County, NY 12,062 277,244 433 9,955
14 Monmouth County, NJ 12,149 75,737 261 1,626
15 Bronx County, NY 12,759 183,457 458 6,588
16 Orange County, NY 12,772 48,308 223 843
17 Ocean County, NJ 12,848 76,051 365 2,162
18 Union County, NJ 12,944 71,587 356 1,971
19 Hudson County, NJ 13,191 88,197 343 2,294
20 Westchester County, NY 13,383 129,657 236 2,290
21 Suffolk County, NY 13,510 201,008 229 3,400
22 Nassau County, NY 13,536 183,624 234 3,175
23 Rockland County, NY 14,500 46,936 298 963
24 Passaic County, NJ 14,509 73,129 383 1,930
25 Richmond County, NY 15,811 74,960 388 1,841