Special Report

This Is the County in the New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Following a months long surge driven by the delta variant, new daily cases of COVID-19 are falling once again in the United States. To date, 45,027,013 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 728,404 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 2,770,296 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 13,858 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are closely in line with the national per capita infection rate in New York-Newark-Jersey City, 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, Hunterdon County in New Jersey has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 11,903 infections in Hunterdon County, or 9,519 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Hunterdon 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 153 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Hunterdon County, below the 339 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 Oct. 25, 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 Hunterdon County, NJ 9,519 11,903 153 191
2 Pike County, PA 9,528 5,288 108 60
3 New York County, NY 10,298 168,107 284 4,636
4 Somerset County, NJ 10,499 34,666 265 876
5 Morris County, NJ 11,643 57,559 263 1,299
6 Sussex County, NJ 11,981 17,049 232 330
7 Dutchess County, NY 12,118 35,615 170 499
8 Putnam County, NY 12,609 12,492 99 98
9 Middlesex County, NJ 12,775 105,608 297 2,459
10 Bergen County, NJ 12,794 118,984 321 2,982
11 Kings County, NY 12,845 334,053 417 10,847
12 Essex County, NJ 13,325 105,744 396 3,143
13 Queens County, NY 13,721 315,368 448 10,288
14 Union County, NJ 14,343 79,328 369 2,043
15 Bronx County, NY 14,442 207,662 470 6,751
16 Hudson County, NJ 14,507 96,998 357 2,385
17 Monmouth County, NJ 14,679 91,510 278 1,730
18 Westchester County, NY 14,826 143,636 242 2,340
19 Orange County, NY 15,213 57,538 243 920
20 Nassau County, NY 15,802 214,370 243 3,293
21 Ocean County, NJ 15,885 94,031 394 2,330
22 Suffolk County, NY 16,100 239,557 242 3,605
23 Passaic County, NJ 16,105 81,174 398 2,008
24 Rockland County, NY 16,408 53,112 241 779
25 Richmond County, NY 18,761 88,944 408 1,935