Table 70

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees1

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2018

Region/geographic division Total
(10,420
cities;
population
197,821,036)
Group I
(84 cities,
250,000 and
over;
population
62,552,350)
Group II
(202 cities,
100,000 to
249,999;
population
30,038,031)
Group III
(442 cities,
50,000 to
99,999;
population
30,878,709)
Group IV
(787 cities,
25,000 to
49,999;
population
27,144,313)
Group V
(1,634 cities,
10,000 to
24,999;
population
25,900,835)
Group VI
(7,271 cities,
under 10,000;
population
21,306,798)
Total
city
agencies
2018
estimated
city
population
County2
(3,077
agencies;
population
89,881,260)
Total city
and county
agencies
2018
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas3
(7,234 agencies;
population
121,529,639)
TOTAL Number of employees 558,583 208,397 64,905 63,808 57,819 60,082 103,572 10,420 197,821,036 416,722 13,497 287,702,296 453,018
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.8 3.3 2.2 2.1 2.1 2.3 4.9 4.6 3.7
NORTHEAST Number of employees 152,527 66,776 8,440 16,041 18,642 18,864 23,764 2,641 45,277,838
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.4 5.6 2.9 2.4 2.2 2.1 3.7
NEW ENGLAND Number of employees 34,420 2,715 4,416 6,435 7,369 7,046 6,439 794 13,036,890
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 3.9 2.9 2.3 2.2 2.3 3.8
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of employees 118,107 64,061 4,024 9,606 11,273 11,818 17,325 1,847 32,240,948
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.7 5.7 2.9 2.5 2.1 2.0 3.7
MIDWEST Number of employees 102,771 37,023 6,894 13,010 12,947 13,739 19,158 2,656 39,761,438
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 3.7 2.0 1.8 1.9 2.1 3.3
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 69,456 29,472 4,016 8,502 9,649 8,139 9,678 1,439 25,931,951
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 4.1 2.0 1.9 1.9 2.0 3.0
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 33,315 7,551 2,878 4,508 3,298 5,600 9,480 1,217 13,829,487
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 2.8 1.9 1.7 1.9 2.1 3.7
SOUTH Number of employees 187,857 54,512 29,281 19,406 17,453 20,766 46,439 3,723 59,379,495
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.2 2.8 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.9 6.8
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of employees 91,937 22,718 15,012 11,053 9,233 9,961 23,960 1,708 26,360,842
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.5 3.5 2.6 2.6 2.7 3.0 8.0
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 32,470 6,601 4,977 2,486 4,046 4,317 10,043 892 9,498,849
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.4 2.8 3.1 2.6 2.8 3.1 5.9
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 63,450 25,193 9,292 5,867 4,174 6,488 12,436 1,123 23,519,804
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.4 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.7 5.9
WEST Number of employees 115,428 50,086 20,290 15,351 8,777 6,713 14,211 1,400 53,402,265
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.4 1.7 1.7 1.7 2.0 6.1
MOUNTAIN Number of employees 41,073 16,482 6,693 4,681 3,504 2,457 7,256 630 17,094,219
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.4 2.4 1.9 2.0 1.8 2.3 6.0
PACIFIC Number of employees 74,355 33,604 13,597 10,670 5,273 4,256 6,955 770 36,308,046
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.0 2.4 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.9 6.2
  • 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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