Special Report

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

Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States. To date, 48,551,622 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 779,587 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 2,919,601 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 14,605 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — in line with the national rate of 14,840 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 13,103 infections in Hunterdon County, or 10,478 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 157 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Hunterdon County, below the 344 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 Dec. 6, 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 10,478 13,103 157 196
2 New York County, NY 10,884 177,677 286 4,667
3 Pike County, PA 11,031 6,122 126 70
4 Somerset County, NJ 11,100 36,651 269 888
5 Morris County, NJ 12,513 61,863 267 1,322
6 Dutchess County, NY 13,004 38,218 175 513
7 Putnam County, NY 13,373 13,249 102 101
8 Middlesex County, NJ 13,425 110,982 302 2,495
9 Bergen County, NJ 13,442 125,013 325 3,021
10 Sussex County, NJ 13,456 19,148 249 355
11 Kings County, NY 13,506 351,246 422 10,979
12 Essex County, NJ 13,893 110,247 401 3,180
13 Queens County, NY 14,272 328,046 453 10,423
14 Bronx County, NY 14,877 213,906 474 6,811
15 Union County, NJ 14,911 82,467 372 2,057
16 Hudson County, NJ 15,008 100,349 360 2,409
17 Westchester County, NY 15,355 148,765 243 2,356
18 Monmouth County, NJ 15,848 98,795 286 1,783
19 Orange County, NY 16,571 62,677 250 944
20 Nassau County, NY 16,782 227,654 246 3,336
21 Passaic County, NJ 16,816 84,762 404 2,038
22 Rockland County, NY 17,217 55,730 242 783
23 Ocean County, NJ 17,281 102,295 407 2,407
24 Suffolk County, NY 17,300 257,408 248 3,694
25 Richmond County, NY 19,664 93,228 416 1,974