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Delaware

Delaware covers 1,954 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 961,939 people (USDA-ERS). Dover is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 69.7% of the state’s population is white, 22.8% is African-American, 4.1% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 9.3% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Delaware Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 7 hospitals in Delaware (Kaiser, 2016). The state has no hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Delaware (CMS, 2017), and 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 17 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Delaware

9% of Delaware residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Delaware residents in 2016 was $47,869. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the state-wide poverty rate is 11.2%. 11.6% of the population has not completed high school according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in Delaware is 4.6% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

* 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.


Data Sources
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

Contacts

Delaware Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 302.744.4555
Works closely with local health advocates on a variety of community development activities designed to increase access to healthcare in Delaware. Part of the Delaware Division of Public Health.
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Last Reviewed: 7/21/2017