Is Your State A Police State?

May 28, 2013, by Ken Jorgustin

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Have you ever wondered where your state ranks with regard to the total number of police, or police density compared to other states? Is your state a police state?

Here is the data, map, and chart which illustrates the police density across the country…


 
All politics aside, one might consider a “Police State” to be one in which there simply are more police per population than the rest…

The data has been sourced from the most recent available “Census of State and Local Enforcement Agencies” from the U.S. Department of Justice, 2008.

One geographical location stands well above the rest for the most police… Washington D.C. with triple the police density (per resident) compared to many states.

The states that stand out with the highest police density per number of residents…
Louisiana, Wyoming, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee

The states that stand out with the lowest police density per number of residents…
West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Vermont, Michigan, Washington, Pennsylvania

You can see for yourself in the following illustrations.

 

United States Map of Police Density per State

Darker colors represent higher density of police
 
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Number of Police per 100,000 Residents

See data table below for specifics
 
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Total Number of Police per State

From “Census of State and Local Enforcement Agencies”
 

State Number of
Agencies
Total
Personnel
per 100K
residents
District of Columbia 4 5383 912
Louisiana 348 25311 569
Wyoming 90 2990 561
New Jersey 550 43569 503
New York 514 95105 489
Florida 387 81312 441
Mississippi 342 12408 422
Tennessee 375 25697 412
Illinois 877 52838 411
Arizona 141 26112 402
Kansas 371 11232 402
Georgia 628 38926 401
Texas 1913 96116 395
Alabama 417 18364 393
Arkansas 367 11165 389
Massachusetts 357 25361 388
Nevada 76 10097 386
North Carolina 504 35140 380
Missouri 576 22484 377
Maryland 142 21267 376
Virginia 340 29155 374
Colorado 246 17989 365
New Mexico 146 7164 361
Oklahoma 481 13151 361
South Carolina 272 16111 358
Wisconsin 529 20150 358
Delaware 49 3110 355
California 509 126538 346
Idaho 117 5290 346
Montana 119 3229 334
South Dakota 155 2669 332
Rhode Island 48 3462 329
Ohio 831 37295 324
Hawaii 7 4097 318
Indiana 482 19940 312
Alaska 50 2107 306
Utah 136 8237 302
Connecticut 143 10530 301
New Hampshire 208 3940 298
Iowa 392 8896 297
Maine 146 3901 296
Minnesota 448 15458 296
Nebraska 225 5227 293
North Dakota 114 1859 290
Pennsylvania 1117 33670 268
Washington 260 17602 268
Michigan 571 26395 264
Vermont 69 1612 260
Oregon 174 9431 249
Kentucky 389 10412 243
West Virginia 233 4411 243