Arkansas covers 52,068 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 3,004,279 people - 1,134,214 living in rural Arkansas (USDA-ERS). The state capital and largest city is Little Rock. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 79.3% of the state’s population is white, 15.7% is African-American, 1.6% is Asian, 1.0% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.3% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 7.6% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Arkansas Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Arkansas had:
- 29 Critical Access Hospitals
- 94 Rural Health Clinics
- 103 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 24 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Arkansas
8% of Arkansas residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Arkansas residents in 2016 was $39,722, although rural per capita income lagged at $32,638. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Arkansas is 20.0%, compared with 14.2% in urban areas of the state. 17.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 12.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Arkansas is 4.4%, while in urban Arkansas, it is 3.3% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Supports access to quality health care services throughout Arkansas by helping develop community-based healthcare systems and services. Part of the Arkansas Department of Health.
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Last Reviewed: 1/30/2018