Delaware covers 1,954 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 952,065 people (USDA-ERS). Dover is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 70.4% of the state’s population is white, 22.4% is Black/African American, and 9.0% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Delaware Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 7 hospitals in Delaware (Kaiser, 2015). The state has no hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Delaware (Kaiser, 2015), and 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 14 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Delaware
7% of Delaware residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2015). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Delaware residents in 2015 was $47,633. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the state-wide poverty rate is 12.4%. 11.6% of the population has not completed high school according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in Delaware is 4.4% (USDA-ERS, 2016).
* Delaware does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, Delaware does have pockets of rurality.For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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
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Last Reviewed: 1/13/2015