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Connecticut covers 4,842 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 3,565,287 people – 180,333 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 79.7% of the state's population is white, 12.2% is African-American, 5.0% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 16.9% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Connecticut Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to, as of October 2020 Connecticut had:

  • No Critical Access Hospitals
  • No Rural Health Clinics
  • 12 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 3 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Connecticut

5.9% of Connecticut residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2019). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for residents of Connecticut in 2019 was $77,289, with the rural per capita income at $65,458. The ERS reports, based on 2019 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Connecticut is 7.1%, compared with 10.1% in urban areas of the state. 7.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 9.5% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2015-2019 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Connecticut is at 3.5%, while in urban Connecticut it is at 3.7% (USDA-ERS, 2019).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Connecticut State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 860.738.6378
Is located at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted, CT. The Office works closely with the Department of Public Health, Community Health Center Association of Connecticut, AHEC, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, CT Hospital Association and community organizations promoting quality healthcare for rural residents.
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Last Reviewed: 7/8/2020