Table 70

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees1

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2013

Region/geographic division Total
(9,894
cities;
population
179,802,240)
Group I
(73 cities,
250,000 and
over;
population
51,744,651)
Group II
(193 cities,
100,000 to
249,999;
population
28,587,514)
Group III
(405 cities,
50,000 to
99,999;
population
27,923,876)
Group IV
(719 cities,
25,000 to
49,999;
population
24,881,626)
Group V
(1,597 cities,
10,000 to
24,999;
population
25,483,611)
Group VI
(6,907 cities,
under 10,000;
population
21,180,962)
Total
city
agencies
2013
estimated
city
population
County2
(3,157
agencies;
population
88,882,540)
Total city
and county
agencies
2013
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas3
(6,969 agencies;
population
117,915,697)
TOTAL Number of employees 503,227 175,797 63,410 57,806 53,525 58,127 94,562 9,894 179,802,240 399,183 13,051 268,684,780 434,810
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.8 3.4 2.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.5 4.5 3.7
NORTHEAST Number of employees 141,190 63,599 8,446 14,450 17,059 18,043 19,593 2,511 43,905,307
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.2 5.4 3.0 2.3 2.2 2.1 3.1
NEW ENGLAND Number of employees 33,950 2,704 4,426 6,086 6,841 7,168 6,725 796 13,004,141
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 4.2 3.0 2.3 2.2 2.2 3.7
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of employees 107,240 60,895 4,020 8,364 10,218 10,875 12,868 1,715 30,901,166
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.5 5.5 2.9 2.3 2.2 2.0 2.8
MIDWEST Number of employees 79,766 19,889 8,195 10,919 10,402 13,049 17,312 2,418 33,568,819
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 3.1 2.1 1.8 1.9 2.0 3.2
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 48,115 13,024 4,469 6,838 7,149 7,671 8,964 1,247 20,345,551
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 3.1 2.2 1.9 1.9 2.0 3.1
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 31,651 6,865 3,726 4,081 3,253 5,378 8,348 1,171 13,223,268
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 3.2 2.1 1.7 1.9 2.1 3.3
SOUTH Number of employees 175,764 45,570 27,180 18,377 17,870 20,793 45,974 3,683 53,170,268
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.3 3.1 2.6 2.6 2.6 2.9 6.5
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of employees 88,525 22,199 14,801 9,662 9,002 9,930 22,931 1,644 23,704,335
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.7 4.0 2.8 2.8 2.8 3.1 7.8
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 31,430 7,256 4,641 2,517 3,576 4,321 9,119 824 9,149,063
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.4 2.9 3.3 2.8 2.6 3.1 5.8
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 55,809 16,115 7,738 6,198 5,292 6,542 13,924 1,215 20,316,870
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.5 2.1 2.2 2.4 2.5 5.5
WEST Number of employees 106,507 46,739 19,589 14,060 8,194 6,242 11,683 1,282 49,157,846
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.5 1.7 1.7 1.7 2.0 5.1
MOUNTAIN Number of employees 35,556 14,983 6,750 3,675 2,953 2,108 5,087 519 14,532,260
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 2.6 1.9 2.0 1.9 2.3 4.7
PACIFIC Number of employees 70,951 31,756 12,839 10,385 5,241 4,134 6,596 763 34,625,586
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.0 2.4 1.6 1.6 1.7 1.9 5.4
  • 1 Full-time law enforcement employees include civilians.
  • 2 The designation county is a combination of both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties.
  • 3 Suburban areas include law enforcement agencies in cities with less than 50,000 inhabitants and county law enforcement agencies that are within a Metropolitan Statistical Area (see Data Declaration). Suburban areas exclude all metropolitan agencies associated with a principal city. The agencies associated with suburban areas also appear in other groups within this table.

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Full-time Law Enforcement Employees, by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group, Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2013

  • In 2013, law enforcement agencies in U.S. cities reported an average of 2.8 full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 inhabitants, including both sworn officers and civilians.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement employees was highest in cities in the South with 3.3 per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • In cities in the Northeast, the rate of full-time law enforcement employees was 3.2 per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement employees in cities in the Midwest was 2.4 per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement employees in cities in the West was 2.2 per 1,000 inhabitants.