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Rural Health Information Hub

Alaska

Key Contact for Alaska

Alaska Office of Rural Health

Phone: 907.269.3445

Collects and disseminates rural healthcare information and data. Work to improve rural health professions recruitment and retention, and offers technical assistance to rural providers, hospitals, and communities. Coordinates rural health policy analysis in Alaska.
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Alaska Nonmetro Population

736,990
Estimated population
239,085 (32.4%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Alaska Rural Healthcare Facilities

13
Critical Access Hospitals
0
Rural Health Clinics
33
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
4
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Alaska

While most Alaskans have some form of health insurance coverage, 14.0% of residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Alaskans in 2020 was $63,502, with the rural per capita income at $61,667. Based on 2020 ACS data, the ERS reports that the poverty rate in rural Alaska is 12.6%, compared with 8.2% in urban areas of the state. 8.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.0% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Alaska is 7.6%, while in urban Alaska it is 5.9% (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

Contacts

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


Last Reviewed: 9/24/2021