Special Report

This Is the County in the St. Louis, MO-IL 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 St. Louis metropolitan area, which covers parts of Missouri and Illinois, a total of 378,474 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 13,490 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 St. Louis, there are still parts of the metro area where the per capita infection rate is relatively low.

The broader St. Louis metro area comprises 15 counties or county equivalents — and of them, St. Louis, an independent city in Missouri has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 31,207 infections in St. Louis, or 10,026 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does St. Louis City have the lowest per capita infection rate in the St. Louis metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 193 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in St. Louis, below the 211 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire St. Louis metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 25, 2021.

These are all the counties in Missouri 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 St. Louis City, MO 10,026 31,207 193 601
2 St. Louis County, MO 12,875 128,583 254 2,537
3 St. Clair County, IL 13,775 36,293 227 598
4 Franklin County, MO 13,972 14,361 213 219
5 Calhoun County, IL 14,265 693 41 2
6 St. Charles County, MO 14,278 55,684 140 546
7 Jefferson County, MO 14,355 32,056 146 326
8 Warren County, MO 14,654 4,969 133 45
9 Madison County, IL 15,105 40,130 225 597
10 Jersey County, IL 15,234 3,362 240 53
11 Macoupin County, IL 15,234 6,965 232 106
12 Bond County, IL 15,402 2,574 150 25
13 Monroe County, IL 15,476 5,252 304 103
14 Lincoln County, MO 16,587 9,216 122 68
15 Clinton County, IL 18,946 7,129 271 102