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Key Contact for Arkansas

Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care

Phone: 501.280.4560

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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Arkansas Nonmetro Population

Estimated population
1,111,021 (36.9%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Arkansas Rural Healthcare Facilities

Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites according to (January 2023), showing only locations outside of U.S Census Bureau Urban Areas with a population of 50,000 or more

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Arkansas

9.1% of Arkansas residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Arkansas residents in 2020 was $47,235, with the rural per capita income at $37,711. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Arkansas is 17.6%, compared with 13.9% in urban areas of the state. 14.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2017-2021 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Arkansas is 4.4%, while in urban Arkansas, it is 3.8% (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 Arkansas in the organizations section.

Last Reviewed: 2/22/2023