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Arkansas

Key Contact for Arkansas

Arkansas Office of Rural Health & Primary Care

Phone: 501.280.4560
Email: orhpc@arkansas.gov

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

3,011,873
Estimated population
1,111,021 (36.9%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Arkansas Rural Healthcare Facilities

28
Critical Access Hospitals
119
Rural Health Clinics
129
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
23
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

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. 15.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.4% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 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

Contacts

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


Last Reviewed: 6/18/2021