Full-time Law Enforcement Employees1
by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group
Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2017
|TOTAL||Number of employees||542,639||203,398||62,162||61,566||56,881||58,891||99,741||10,058||193,187,549||414,302||13,128||281,979,640||450,252|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.8||3.4||2.1||2.1||2.1||2.3||4.8||4.7||3.7|
|NORTHEAST||Number of employees||151,357||66,618||8,462||15,835||18,335||18,655||23,452||2,614||45,196,822|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||3.3||5.6||2.9||2.4||2.2||2.1||3.7|
|NEW ENGLAND||Number of employees||34,175||2,778||4,459||6,412||7,203||6,957||6,366||781||12,920,841|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.6||4.1||3.0||2.3||2.2||2.3||3.8|
|MIDDLE ATLANTIC||Number of employees||117,182||63,840||4,003||9,423||11,132||11,698||17,086||1,833||32,275,981|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||3.6||5.6||2.9||2.4||2.2||2.0||3.6|
|MIDWEST||Number of employees||99,302||33,337||7,364||13,442||12,417||13,756||18,986||2,616||39,587,170|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.5||3.5||2.0||1.8||1.9||2.0||3.3|
|EAST NORTH CENTRAL||Number of employees||65,367||25,790||3,636||8,873||9,251||8,228||9,589||1,382||25,468,923|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.6||3.8||2.0||1.9||1.9||2.0||3.1|
|WEST NORTH CENTRAL||Number of employees||33,935||7,547||3,728||4,569||3,166||5,528||9,397||1,234||14,118,247|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.4||2.9||2.0||1.7||1.9||2.1||3.6|
|SOUTH||Number of employees||176,083||53,827||25,431||16,884||17,314||19,607||43,020||3,427||55,419,668|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||3.2||2.9||2.5||2.5||2.6||2.9||6.8|
|SOUTH ATLANTIC||Number of employees||89,454||23,853||14,310||9,661||9,288||9,854||22,488||1,606||25,229,607|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||3.5||3.7||2.6||2.5||2.7||3.1||8.0|
|EAST SOUTH CENTRAL||Number of employees||27,430||6,317||2,011||2,482||3,816||3,754||9,050||738||8,207,314|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||3.3||2.7||2.7||2.6||2.6||3.0||6.1|
|WEST SOUTH CENTRAL||Number of employees||59,199||23,657||9,110||4,741||4,210||5,999||11,482||1,083||21,982,747|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.7||2.4||2.2||2.4||2.3||2.7||5.6|
|WEST||Number of employees||115,897||49,616||20,905||15,405||8,815||6,873||14,283||1,401||52,983,889|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.2||2.4||1.7||1.6||1.7||2.0||6.3|
|MOUNTAIN||Number of employees||42,195||16,388||7,490||4,671||3,460||2,690||7,496||640||16,919,843|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.5||2.6||1.9||1.9||1.9||2.3||6.5|
|PACIFIC||Number of employees||73,702||33,228||13,415||10,734||5,355||4,183||6,787||761||36,064,046|
|Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants||2.0||2.3||1.6||1.6||1.6||1.9||6.1|
- 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. 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, 2017
- In 2017, 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 2.5.
- Law enforcement agencies in cities in the West had a rate of 2.2 full-time law enforcement employees per 1,000 inhabitants.