Colorado covers 103,718 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 5,607,154 people – 705,835 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 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 87.3% of the state’s population is white, 4.5% is African-American, 3.4% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 21.5% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Colorado Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Colorado had:
- 31 Critical Access Hospitals
- 60 Rural Health Clinics
- 70 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 19 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 2016 was $51,999 although rural per capita income lagged at $47,152. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Colorado is 12.3%, compared with 10.0% in urban areas of the state. 10.5% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Colorado is 2.8%, while in urban Colorado, it is 2.8% (USDA-ERS, 2017).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: 8/21/2018