The COVID-19 pandemic has been most obvious in the nation’s major cities, but it’s the small-town rural American counties that have borne the worst of the effects, according to a Social Explorer analysis. Six of the 10 counties with the highest death rates from the coronavirus so far can be found in Kansas or the Dakotas. Gove County, in western Kansas, has reported the highest death rate of any county in the nation, with 764 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Five counties in the Dakotas followed: Jerauld County, S.D. (739 deaths per 100,000 people); Dickey County, N.D. (643); Gregory County, S.D. (619); Turner County, S.D. (593); and Foster County, S.D. (578). Although the most deaths in the nation have occurred in New York City (32,810), its overall population means a lower rate of 298 deaths per 100,000 residents – putting it 119th among 3,142 U.S. counties. To see the rate of COVID-related deaths in your county, use Social Explorer’s easy-to-use, customizable mapping tools.
Cumulative Death Rate per 100K, June 3rd. Click here to explore further.