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Definition of "per capita" []

  • Per unit of population; per person: In that year, Americans earned $15,304 per capita. Among the states, Connecticut has a high per capita income. (adverb)
  • Equally to each individual. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "per capita" in a sentence
  • "The gold mines have gone but the diamonds remain and the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country in order to entice workers to a place which has snow for eight months of the year and temperatures drop to minus 30C in winter."
  • "Delivering the first convocation address of the Bharathidasan University's constituent college for women, Ponnavaikko said that the country remained poor with respect to per capita income though it has good gross domestic product (GDP) growth and purchase power parity."
  • "The relatively high per capita GNP places Korea among the so-called newly industrialized countries NICs."
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