per capita

per capita
per capita per cap‧i‧ta [pə ˈkæptə ǁ pər-] adverb ECONOMICS
for or by each person:

• Japanese visitors' spending per capita was much higher than average spending by tourists from other countries.

• The US uses twice as much oil per capita as European competitors.

— per-capita adjective [only before a noun] :

• Israel's per-capita income is comparable to that of Spain.

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per capita UK US (also per-capita) adjective [before noun] FORMAL ECONOMICS, FINANCE
used to refer to the amount of income earned, money spent, goods produced, etc. by or for each person: »

The sharp fall in per capita income was one of the signs of the financial crisis.

if you state an amount per capita, you mean that amount for each person: »

While the country's GDP rose 46% per capita from 1980, the average family income rose only 9.5%.

See also GDP PER CAPITA(Cf. ↑GDP per capita), GNP(Cf. ↑GNP)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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