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Rural Health Information Hub

California

Key Contact for California

California State Office of Rural Health

Email: CalSORH@oshpd.ca.gov

Collaborates with public and private entities statewide and at the regional and national levels to increase rural access to health care and to link small rural communities with state and federal resources.
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California Nonmetro Population

39,346,023
Estimated population
835,376 (2.1%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

California Rural Healthcare Facilities

36
Critical Access Hospitals
276
Rural Health Clinics
272
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
25
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural California

Most Californians have some form of health insurance coverage, although 7.5% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Californians in 2020 was $70,192, with the rural per capita income at $52,022. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural California is 13.4%, compared with 11.4% in urban areas of the state. 11.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 16.2% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural California is 6.8, while in urban California, it is 7.3% (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 California in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 3/16/2022