Definition of per capita in US English:

per capita

adverb & adjective

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

    as adverb ‘the state had fewer banks per capita than elsewhere’
    as adjective ‘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

/pər ˈkapədə//pər ˈkæpədə/