Table 71

Full-time Law Enforcement Officers
by Region and Geographic Division by Population Group
Number and Rate per 1,000 Inhabitants, 2008
Geographic region/division Total
(10,915 cities; population 193,548,068)
Group I
(75 cities, 250,000 and over;
population 55,781,739)
Group II
(189 cities, 100,000 to 249,999; population 27,940,012)
Group III
(437 cities, 50,000 to 99,999; population 29,817,070)
Group IV
(807 cities, 25,000 to 49,999; population 27,597,191)
Group V
(1,807 cities, 10,000 to 24,999; population 28,634,261)
Group VI
(7,600 cities, under 10,000; population 23,777,795)
Total
city agencies
2008
estimated city population
County1
(3,254 agencies; population 92,689,393)
Total
city and county agencies
2008
estimated total agency population
Suburban Areas2
(7,412 agencies; population 121,966,483)
TOTAL Number of officers 449,896 156,445 52,273 52,341 50,650 55,767 82,420 10,915 193,548,068 258,673 14,169 286,237,461 309,689
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 2.8 1.9 1.8 1.8 1.9 3.5 2.8 2.5
NORTHEAST Number of officers 119,002 47,705 8,054 13,395 15,690 16,695 17,463 2,448 43,249,515
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.8 4.2 2.9 2.2 2.0 1.9 2.8
NEW ENGLAND Number of officers 28,247 2,213 3,929 5,178 5,850 5,989 5,088 760 12,565,101
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.7 2.7 2.1 1.9 1.8 3.0
MIDDLE ATLANTIC Number of officers 90,755 45,492 4,125 8,217 9,840 10,706 12,375 1,688 30,684,414
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 3.0 4.3 3.0 2.3 2.0 1.9 2.7
MIDWEST Number of officers 98,163 29,689 7,425 11,318 13,435 15,624 20,672 3,302 44,263,045
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 3.3 1.8 1.6 1.7 1.8 2.8
EAST NORTH
CENTRAL
Number of officers 72,070 23,779 5,134 8,031 10,717 11,213 13,196 2,072 31,160,435
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.3 3.7 1.9 1.7 1.7 1.8 2.8
WEST NORTH
CENTRAL
Number of officers 26,093 5,910 2,291 3,287 2,718 4,411 7,476 1,230 13,102,610
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.0 2.4 1.7 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.9
SOUTH Number of officers 148,143 40,836 23,278 16,119 14,135 18,315 35,460 3,817 57,241,561
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.6 2.5 2.1 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.7
SOUTH ATLANTIC Number of officers 69,370 15,846 12,756 8,517 6,939 8,473 16,839 1,524 23,422,121
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 3.0 3.2 2.2 2.2 2.4 2.6 6.0
EAST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 26,480 5,595 3,395 1,817 3,349 4,328 7,996 978 9,738,647
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.7 2.3 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.4 4.1
WEST SOUTH CENTRAL Number of officers 52,293 19,395 7,127 5,785 3,847 5,514 10,625 1,315 24,080,793
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 2.2 2.1 1.8 1.8 1.8 2.0 3.7
WEST Number of officers 84,588 38,215 13,516 11,509 7,390 5,133 8,825 1,348 48,793,947
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.7 2.0 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.6 3.4
MOUNTAIN Number of officers 29,303 12,692 4,376 3,275 2,900 1,857 4,203 583 15,768,765
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.9 2.0 1.5 1.5 1.6 1.9 3.2
PACIFIC Number of officers 55,285 25,523 9,140 8,234 4,490 3,276 4,622 765 33,025,182
Average number of officers per 1,000 inhabitants 1.7 2.0 1.3 1.3 1.4 1.5 3.7

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