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COVID-19 is affecting Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color the most.

The COVID Racial Data Tracker is a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Together, we’re gathering the most complete and up-to-date race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States.

Júlia Ledur / COVID Tracking Project

Nationwide, Black people are dying at 2.5 times the rate of white people.

Deaths per 100,000 people by race or ethnicity
Black or African American
Black or African American people have experienced77deaths per 100,000.
Hispanic or Latino
Hispanic or Latino people have experienced42deaths per 100,000.
American Indian or Alaska Native
American Indian or Alaska Native people have experienced41deaths per 100,000.
Asian
Asian people have experienced33deaths per 100,000.
White
White people have experienced31deaths per 100,000.
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people have experienced30deaths per 100,000.
Other
Other people have experienced30deaths per 100,000.
Two or more races
Two or more races people have experienced3deaths per 100,000.

We’ve lost at least 31,602 Black lives to COVID-19 to date. Black people account for 22% of COVID-19 deaths where race is known.

We’ve asked every state to report complete race and ethnicity data. Our Racial Data Dashboard has the latest.

States and territories reporting race and ethnicity data

50 states/territories
Reporting positive cases
48 states/territories
Reporting deaths

Tracking inequity at the county level

State-level statistics tell part of the story, but many US states are also deeply segregated—meaning different counties in the same state can have vastly different breakdowns by race and ethnicity.

Race and ethnicity data for COVID cases isn't widely available at the county level, so we're using two numbers we do have: the latest infection and death rates for each county, from a New York Times dataset, paired with the largest racial or ethnic group in that county, based on the Census Bureau's 2018 ACS 5-Year estimates. The results are staggering.

Counties with the 20 highest infection rates

Cases per 100,000 people05,00010,000Trousdale, TNLake, TNLee, ARDakota, NEBuena Vista, IALincoln, ARNobles, MNBristol Bay Borough, AKEast Carroll, LAColfax, NEChattahoochee, GAFord, KSSanta Cruz, AZLowndes, ALMcKinley, NMSevier, ARYuma, AZEchols, GASeward, KSImperial, CA

This chart shows the 20 counties with the highest level of infections per capita, and the largest racial or ethnic group in that county. Non-Hispanic White people represent the largest racial group in most of these counties. This is in line with Census statistics, which show that more than 60 percent of Americans are White, non-Hispanic or Latino.

Counties with the 20 highest death rates

Deaths per 100,000 people0100200Hancock, GARandolph, GAGalax city, VATerrell, GAMcKinley, NMEarly, GANeshoba, MSEmporia city, VANew York City, NYHolmes, MSEssex, NJLowndes, ALJenkins, GAPassaic, NJUnion, NJNorthampton, VATurner, GAHudson, NJBienville, LABergen, NJ

When we look at the 20 counties with the highest level of deaths per capita, we see a different story. In eight of these 20 counties, Black people represent the largest racial group. Three of the top five counties with the highest death rates in the nation are all predominantly Black.Note that The New York Times county dataset combines the five counties that make up New York City’s boroughs (New York County, Kings County, Bronx County, Richmond County, and Queens County) into one listing for New York City. When combined, these counties show up as predominantly White, non-Hispanic. However, Bronx County, which is predominantly Hispanic/Latino and/or Black, has been a hotspot for COVID cases and deaths.

Learn more from media outlets across the country about how COVID-19 is impacting communities of color.