Alaska is the largest state geographically and covers 571,951 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 739,795 people – 239,204 living in rural Alaska (USDA-ERS). Juneau, the capital, is located in the southeastern coastal region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 65.8% of the state’s population is white, 3.7% is African-American, 6.5% is Asian, 15.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.4% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 7.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Alaska Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Alaska had:
- 14 Critical Access Hospitals
- No Rural Health Clinics
- 32 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 4 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Alaska
While most Alaskans have some form of health insurance coverage, 14% of residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Alaskans in 2016 was $55,646, although rural per capita income lagged at $52,862. Based on 2017 ACS data, the ERS reports that the poverty rate in rural Alaska is 14.3%, compared with 9.6% in urban areas of the state. 9.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.7% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Alaska is 8.5%, while in urban Alaska, it is 6.5% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Collects and disseminates rural healthcare information and data. Work to improve rural health professions recruitment and retention, offers technical assistance to rural providers, hospital and communities. Coordinates rural health policy analysis in Alaska.
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Last Reviewed: 4/10/2018