These Are the States Where Coronavirus Is Deadliest
New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut lead the states with the highest death rates from COVID-19.
The spread of coronavirus continues in states across the country: Even as some areas have seen significant improvements, major outbreaks are still occurring throughout the U.S., many of them with numerous casualties. The death toll from the virus—over 112,000 as of June 10—is staggering. To get a better sense of where these losses have taken place, we looked at data from The New York Times to determine which states have the highest death rates in the country. And for areas where the virus appears to have been contained, here are All the States That Had No Coronavirus Deaths Last Week.
The epicenter of the country's coronavirus crisis, New York has by far the most cases out of any state: nearly 384,300 as of June 10, according to The New York Times. But it also has the highest death rate per capita. With over 30,300 deaths, New York has a death rate of 156 deaths per 100,000 people. The death rate is even higher within New York City, where it's 253 per 100,000.
With about 12,300 deaths, New Jersey has the second-highest number of deaths in the U.S. and the second-highest death rate: 139 deaths per 100,000 people. Essex County—home of the state's most populous city, Newark—has the highest death rate within New Jersey at 217 per 100,000. And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
While Connecticut has fewer deaths than several of the states that follow, its nearly 4,100 deaths reflect a per-capita rate of 115 deaths per 100,000 people, the third-highest death rate in the U.S. The counties of Hartford (144 per 100,000), Fairfield (140 per 100,000), and New Haven (118 per 100,000) have been the hardest hit, exceeding the statewide death rate.
Massachusetts has the third-highest number of deaths in the U.S., but the fourth-highest number of deaths per capita. The state's over 7,400 deaths give Massachusetts a per-capita rate of 107 deaths per 100,000 people. The highest death rates in the state are in Hampden County, which has a rate of 133 per 100,000, and Essex County, with a rate of 130 per 100,000. And for more states where coronavirus numbers are still rising, check out these 7 States Where Coronavirus Numbers Are Surging Right Now.
With just over 800 deaths as of June 10, Rhode Island would not seem like a likely candidate for this list, but The New York Times reports a per-capita rate of 76 deaths per 100,000 people, higher than several states with significantly larger death tolls. And that rate goes up within Providence County—where over half of the state resides—with a per-capita rate of 100 deaths per 100,000 people.
Though not a state, Washington, D.C., has a notably high death rate per capita, especially given that the overall death toll is just under 500. Relative to the population, that gives D.C. a rate of 70 deaths per 100,000 people. It's also worth noting that Washington, D.C., has an unusually high rate of coronavirus cases: 1,342 cases per 100,000 people, the fifth-highest rate in the country.
Louisiana's over 2,950 deaths give the state a rate of 64 deaths per 100,000 people, as The New York Times reports. That's high enough to include it on the list, but the rates in certain parishes are even more alarming. St. John the Baptist, one of the hardest hit areas of the state, has a death rate of 193 per 100,000. Bienville Parish and East Feliciana have also suffered significant losses, with respective per-capita death rates of 176 and 159 per 100,000. And for more states to keep an eye on, These Are the States That the CDC Is Most Worried About.
With around 5,950 deaths as of June 10, Michigan has a rate of 60 deaths per 100,000 people. The majority of deaths in the state have been in Wayne County, the most populous county in Michigan, which is where Detroit is located. Wayne also has the state's highest death rate, with 151 deaths per 100,000 people.
Illinois has been hard hit by coronavirus, as The New York Times reports. It has the fourth-highest number of cases in the country (over 130,300) and the fourth-highest number of deaths (over 6,200). Proportional to the population, the latter translates to a rate of 49 deaths per 100,000 people. The highest death rate in the state is actually in one of the smaller counties, Union, which has seen a rate of 82 deaths per 100,000 people. Cook County, the second-most populous county in the country, has had the most deaths overall, and has a death rate of 77 per 100,000. And for more states that have surpassed New York as hotspots, These States Now Have More Coronavirus Cases Than the Country's Epicenter.
Pennsylvania has the fifth-highest overall number of deaths in the U.S.—more than 6,050—but it's tenth in terms of the death rate, 47 deaths per 100,000 people. There are 12 counties, however, with higher death rates than the state as a whole. Philadelphia County, which has seen the majority of deaths within Pennsylvania, has a rate of 91 per 100,000. But the significantly less populous Delaware County has the highest rate of all at 116 per 100,000.