Colorado covers 103,718 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 5,758,736 people – 715,485 living in rural Colorado (USDA-ERS). Denver, the capital, is located in the north-central region of the state. Colorado's largest cities are Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, and Fort Collins. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 86.9% of the state's population is white, 4.6% is African-American, 3.5% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 21.8% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Colorado Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2020 Colorado had:
- 32 Critical Access Hospitals
- 58 Rural Health Clinics
- 71 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 12 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Colorado
While most Coloradans have health insurance coverage, 8% remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Coloradans in 2018 was $58,456 although rural per capita income lagged at $52,841. The ERS reports, based on 2018 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Colorado is 12.3%, compared with 9.3% in urban areas of the state. 9.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.4% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2014-2018 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Colorado is 2.8%, while in urban Colorado, it is 2.7% (USDA-ERS, 2018).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Serves as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) for Colorado. Offers members programs and services to ensure that rural communities have access to adequate healthcare.
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Last Reviewed: 11/13/2020