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Table 70

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees1

by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group

Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2010

Region/geographic division Total
(11,356 cities; population 197,172,429)
Group I
(74 cities, 250,000 and over; population 56,581,538)
Group II (193 cities, 100,000 to 249,999; population 28,908,827) Group III (437 cities, 50,000 to 99,999; population 29,978,412) Group IV (812 cities, 25,000 to 49,999; population 27,951,300) Group V (1,853 cities, 10,000 to 24,999; population 29,350,253) Group VI (7,987 cities, under 10,000; population 24,402,099) Total
city agencies
2010
estimated
city
population
County2 (3,388 agencies; population 94,242,165) Total city and county agencies 2010
estimated
total agency
population
Suburban Areas3 (7,675 agencies; population 124,334,967)
TOTAL Number of employees 577,677 201,067 68,705 65,955 62,927 69,615 109,408 11,356 197,172,429 435,931 14,744 291,414,594 469,656
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.9 3.6 2.4 2.2 2.3 2.4 4.5 4.6 3.8
NORTHEAST Number of employees 149,760 63,818 9,577 15,425 18,498 19,902 22,540 2,648 44,886,743
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.3 5.6 3.3 2.5 2.3 2.1 3.3
NEW ENGLAND Number of employees 34,296 2,680 4,596 5,797 6,966 7,445 6,812 808 12,956,907
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 4.2 3.2 2.3 2.2 2.2 3.7
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of employees 115,464 61,138 4,981 9,628 11,532 12,457 15,728 1,840 31,929,836
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.6 5.7 3.4 2.6 2.3 2.1 3.2
MIDWEST Number of employees 116,895 33,118 9,134 13,651 16,125 19,021 25,846 3,374 44,558,939
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 3.6 2.2 1.9 2.0 2.2 3.4
EAST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 83,756 25,293 5,872 9,547 12,593 13,780 16,671 2,141 31,209,169
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 3.9 2.2 2.0 2.1 2.2 3.4
WEST NORTH CENTRAL Number of employees 33,139 7,825 3,262 4,104 3,532 5,241 9,175 1,233 13,349,770
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.5 3.0 2.2 1.7 1.9 2.2 3.5
SOUTH Number of employees 195,386 54,420 30,309 20,475 18,723 23,586 47,873 3,922 58,174,704
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.4 3.2 2.7 2.7 2.8 3.0 6.3
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of employees 90,964 21,951 15,450 11,567 8,577 10,772 22,647 1,634 23,617,349
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.9 4.1 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.2 7.7
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 34,395 7,127 4,584 2,350 4,478 5,582 10,274 972 9,987,963
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 3.4 2.9 3.3 3.0 2.8 3.1 5.3
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of employees 70,027 25,342 10,275 6,558 5,668 7,232 14,952 1,316 24,569,392
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.9 2.7 2.3 2.2 2.4 2.7 5.5
WEST Number of employees 115,636 49,711 19,685 16,404 9,581 7,106 13,149 1,412 49,552,043
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 2.6 1.8 1.8 1.9 2.1 5.2
MOUNTAIN Number of employees 41,906 17,164 6,867 5,034 3,673 2,663 6,505 634 16,079,899
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 2.8 2.1 2.0 2.0 2.4 5.0
PACIFIC Number of employees 73,730 32,547 12,818 11,370 5,908 4,443 6,644 778 33,472,144
Average number of employees per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.5 1.7 1.7 1.8 2.0 5.5
  • 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, 2010

  • In 2010, U.S. cities reported an average of 2.9 full-time law enforcement employees, including both sworn officers and civilians, per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • In cities in the Northeast, the rate of full-time law enforcement employees was 3.3 per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement employees in cities in the South was 3.4 per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • In cities in the Midwest, the rate of full-time law enforcement employees was 2.6 per 1,000 inhabitants.
  • The rate of full-time law enforcement employees in cities in the West was 2.3 per 1,000 inhabitants.