The ongoing vaccination effort is allowing life in the United States to return to some degree of normalcy after COVID-19 wreaked havoc for well over a year. So far, the virus has claimed 594,496 American lives — more than the total number of Americans killed in World War I and World War II combined.
In the New York-Newark-Jersey City metropolitan area, which covers parts of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, a total of 65,377 deaths have been attributed to the virus, equal to 327 fatalities for every 100,000 people. Nationwide, 182 deaths have been attributed to the virus per 100,000 people.
The higher than average per capita COVID-19 death rate across the metro area is being driven by one area in particular.
The broader New York metro area comprises 25 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Bronx County has had the most COVID-19 fatalities per capita. So far, the per capita coronavirus death rate in Bronx County stands at 458 for every 100,000 people.
With the highest per capita death rate in the New York-Newark-Jersey City metro area, Bronx County ranks among the top 10% of all U.S. counties or county equivalents with at least one COVID-19 fatality by death rate per capita.
All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of June 14, 2021.
|Rank||Geography||Deaths per 100,000 people||Total deaths||Confirmed cases per 100,000 people||Total confirmed cases|
|1||Bronx County, NY||458.0||6,586||12,753||183,378|
|2||Queens County, NY||433.0||9,953||12,058||277,151|
|3||Kings County, NY||401.8||10,450||10,784||280,468|
|4||Richmond County, NY||388.1||1,840||15,805||74,931|
|5||Passaic County, NJ||382.5||1,928||14,500||73,087|
|6||Essex County, NJ||378.5||3,004||11,877||94,248|
|7||Ocean County, NJ||365.2||2,162||12,841||76,009|
|8||Union County, NJ||356.4||1,971||12,938||71,556|
|9||Hudson County, NJ||343.1||2,294||13,184||88,149|
|10||Bergen County, NJ||309.5||2,878||11,240||104,528|
|11||Rockland County, NY||297.5||963||14,499||46,930|
|12||Middlesex County, NJ||286.1||2,365||11,178||92,409|
|13||New York County,, NY||275.5||4,498||8,464||138,177|
|14||Monmouth County, NJ||260.8||1,626||12,142||75,689|
|15||Somerset County, NJ||256.2||846||9,114||30,091|
|16||Morris County, NJ||250.2||1,237||10,159||50,223|
|17||Westchester County, NY||236.2||2,288||13,380||129,624|
|18||Nassau County, NY||234.0||3,174||13,533||183,578|
|19||Suffolk County, NY||228.4||3,399||13,506||200,959|
|20||Orange County, NY||222.9||843||12,769||48,294|
|21||Sussex County, NJ||214.3||305||9,865||14,038|
|22||Dutchess County, NY||151.4||445||10,026||29,467|
|23||Hunterdon County, NJ||140.7||176||7,859||9,828|
|24||Pike County, PA||97.3||54||7,236||4,016|
|25||Putnam County, NY||92.9||92||10,704||10,604|