California, the most populous U.S. state, covers 155,959 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 39,536,653 people – 837,879 living in rural California (USDA-ERS). Sacramento, the capital, is located in the north-central region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 72.4% of the state’s population is white, 6.5% is African-American, 15.2% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.5% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 39.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
California Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 341 hospitals in California (Kaiser, 2016). The state has 34 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are 280 Rural Health Clinics in California (CMS, 2017), and 177 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 1,639 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural California
Most Californians have some form of health insurance coverage, although 8% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Californians in 2016 was $56,374, although rural per capita income lagged at $44,673. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural California is 17.1%, compared with 14.3% in urban areas of the state. 12.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 18.0% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural California is 5.5%, while in urban California, it is 4.7% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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
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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Last Reviewed: 6/26/2016