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Key Contact for Alabama

Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health

Phone: 334.206.5396

Facilitates and supports activities which improve access to health care services for rural Alabamians, with special concern for children, the elderly, minorities and other medically underserved vulnerable populations. Part of the Alabama Department of Public Health.
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Alabama Nonmetro Population

Estimated population
1,178,960 (24.1%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Alabama Rural Healthcare Facilities

Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Alabama

8.3% of Alabama residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Alabama residents in 2021 was $46,479, with the rural capita income at $39,275. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Alabama is 17.5%, compared with 14.1% in urban areas of the state. 17.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.7% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Alabama is 3.5%, while in urban Alabama it is 3.4% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


There are more organizations related to Alabama in the organizations section.

Last Reviewed: 10/24/2022