Table 70

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees1

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2015

Region/geographic division Total
(10,075
cities;
population
187,551,939)
Group I
(76 cities,
250,000 and
over;
population
56,116,904)
Group II
(195 cities,
100,000 to
249,999;
population
28,956,838)
Group III
(419 cities,
50,000 to
99,999;
population
29,206,031)
Group IV
(764 cities,
25,000 to
49,999;
population
26,443,466)
Group V
(1,612 cities,
10,000 to
24,999;
population
25,662,681)
Group VI
(7,009 cities,
under 10,000;
population
21,166,019)
Total
city
agencies
2015
estimated
city
population
County2
(3,085
agencies;
population
85,548,031)
Total city
and county
agencies
2015
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas3
(7,034 agencies;
population
116,427,469)
TOTAL Number of employees 519,134 183,302 63,094 59,540 56,074 57,693 99,431 10,075 187,551,939 394,027 13,160 273,099,970 429,617
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.8 3.3 2.2 2.0 2.1 2.2 4.7 4.6 3.7
NORTHEAST Number of employees 148,043 64,281 8,340 15,341 18,188 18,863 23,030 2,676 45,371,564
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.3 5.4 3.0 2.3 2.2 2.1 3.5
NEW ENGLAND Number of employees 34,360 2,689 4,449 6,262 6,987 7,250 6,723 832 13,220,257
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 4.0 3.0 2.3 2.1 2.2 3.6
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of employees 113,683 61,592 3,891 9,079 11,201 11,613 16,307 1,844 32,151,307
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.5 5.5 3.1 2.3 2.2 2.0 3.4
MIDWEST Number of employees 83,685 17,741 8,053 12,302 12,391 13,914 19,284 2,611 36,148,697
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 2.9 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.0 3.4
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 51,330 10,132 4,815 7,965 9,342 8,654 10,422 1,448 22,615,127
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 2.9 2.2 1.9 1.9 2.0 3.2
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 32,355 7,609 3,238 4,337 3,049 5,260 8,862 1,163 13,533,570
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 2.9 1.9 1.7 1.8 2.1 3.6
SOUTH Number of employees 176,675 53,548 26,676 16,871 17,053 18,730 43,797 3,452 54,978,984
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.2 2.9 2.6 2.5 2.6 2.9 6.6
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of employees 85,018 23,727 13,074 9,189 8,106 8,821 22,101 1,544 23,116,445
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.7 3.8 2.7 2.6 2.8 3.1 8.1
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 29,747 6,893 3,962 2,360 3,765 3,928 8,839 757 8,809,884
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.4 2.7 3.2 2.7 2.7 3.1 6.1
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 61,910 22,928 9,640 5,322 5,182 5,981 12,857 1,151 23,052,655
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.4 2.6 5.3
WEST Number of employees 110,731 47,732 20,025 15,026 8,442 6,186 13,320 1,336 51,052,694
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.4 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.9 6.1
MOUNTAIN Number of employees 39,725 15,480 6,940 4,760 3,280 2,232 7,033 602 16,040,517
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.5 2.5 2.0 2.0 1.8 2.1 6.4
PACIFIC Number of employees 71,006 32,252 13,085 10,266 5,162 3,954 6,287 734 35,012,177
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.0 2.4 1.6 1.5 1.6 1.8 5.8
  • 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, 2015

  • In 2015, law enforcement agencies in U.S. cities reported an average of 2.8 full-time law enforcement employees (including both sworn officers and civilians) per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • Law enforcement agencies in cities in the Northeast had a rate of 3.3 full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 inhabitants was 3.2 in cities in the South.
  • In cities in the Midwest, the rate of full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 residents was 2.3.
  • Law enforcement agencies in cities in the West had a rate of 2.2 full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 inhabitants.