Definition of per capita in English:

per capita

(also per caput)

adverb & adjective

  • For each person; in relation to people taken individually.

    as adverb ‘the state had fewer banks per capita than elsewhere’
    ‘lower than average per capita spending’
    apiece, per person, per capita, to each, for each, from each, individually, respectively
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Late 17th century: Latin, literally ‘by heads’.


per capita

/pəː ˈkapɪtə/