by or for each individual person: income per capita.
Law. noting or pertaining to a method of dividing an estate by which all those equally related to the decedent take equal shares individually without regard to the number of lines of descent.: Compare per stirpes.
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How to use per capita in a sentence
The per capita income in Mississippi, for example, was $216 in 1940, compared with $676 in Michigan.
Marshall Burke projects that over the next 80 years, per capita GDP in the United States will drop by 36% compared to what it would be in a nonwarming world, even as per capita GDP in Russia will quadruple.The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Sergey Ponomarev | December 16, 2020 | ProPublica
At the heart of that is a demand that the state resets its contract with Chileans to focus not just on creating wealth — Chile has the highest per capita income in South America — but making sure it is distributed more equally.
There’s no connection between the divorce rate in Maine and per capita consumption of margarine, for example, even if those track with one another over time.Can Google searches predict where coronavirus cases will soon emerge? | Philip Bump | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
More than 26,000 people had died, about 10,000 of them in New York City, where the per capita death rate had surpassed Italy’s.
We see the effects of a state that spends more money per capita on prisons than it does on education.
The highest per capita wine consumption in the world is in the Vatican.
Higher per capita income, longer histories of democratic stability, legal status, and religion.It Gets Better—but Mostly if You Live in a Rich, Democratic Country | Jay Michaelson | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then he faced a $3.7 billion deficit, the largest in state history, and the largest per capita in the nation.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning? | David Freedlander | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Far less appreciated, Houston, rather than being a southern city of duller wits, actually ranks second in engineers per capita.Battle of the Upstarts: Houston vs. San Francisco Bay | Joel Kotkin | October 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When a Klan is chartered, a per capita tax of $1.85 for each member is required to be sent to the Imperial Palace.The Modern Ku Klux Klan | Henry Peck Fry
The per capita wages of Japanese laborers here are, of course, amazingly low.Where Half The World Is Waking Up | Clarence Poe
England cut her sugar allowance per capita from about seven and a half pounds a month to two, and France from nearly four to one.
The food for the colony at Four Oaks, usually bought at wholesale, doesn't cost more than $5 a month per capita.The Fat of the Land | John Williams Streeter
The average consumption of wool at that time averaged not more than three pounds per capita.Textiles | William H. Dooley
British Dictionary definitions for per capita
of or for each person
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Cultural definitions for per capita
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