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Arizona covers 113,635 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 6,931,071 people – 350,208 living in rural Arizona (USDA-ERS). Phoenix, the capital, is located in the south-central region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Phoenix, Tucson and Mesa. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 83.5% of the state’s population is white, 5.3% is American Indian and Alaska Native, 4.8% is African American/Black, 3.4% is Asian and 30.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).

Arizona Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 71 hospitals in Arizona (Kaiser, 2015). The state has 14 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2017). There are 23 Rural Health Clinics in Arizona (CMS, 2017), and 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 149 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Arizona

Most Arizonans have some form of health insurance coverage, although 13% of the state’s residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2015). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Arizonans in 2015 was $39,156, although rural per-capita income lagged at $31,232. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Arizona is 26.2%, compared with 15.8% in urban areas of the state. 20.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.6% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Arizona is 8.4%, while in urban Arizona, it is 5.2% (USDA-ERS, 2016).

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

Data Sources
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Arizona Center for Rural Health
Phone: 520.626.2254
Promotes the health of rural and medically underserved individuals, families, and communities through service, education, and research.
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Last Reviewed: 4/25/2016