Florida covers 53,927 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 20,984,400 people, including 713,665 people living in 30 rural Florida counties (USDA-ERS). An additional 1.1 million persons were estimated by the U.S. Census to live in the rural portions of Florida’s 37 urban counties. Tallahassee is the state capital and the largest cities are Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 77.4% of the state’s population is white, 16.9% is African-American, 2.9% is Asian, .5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 25.6% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Florida Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Florida had:
- 12 Critical Access Hospitals
- 151 Rural Health Clinics
- 104 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 44 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Florida
13% of Florida residents are uninsured (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), the average per capita income for Florida residents in 2016 was $45,953, although rural per capita income lagged at $33,741. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Florida is 19.8%, compared with 13.9% in urban areas of the state. 21.1% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 12.5% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Florida is at 4.4%, while in urban Florida it is at 4.1% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Works to improve access to high quality health care services in Florida’s rural communities. A division of the Florida Department of Health.
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Last Reviewed: 1/12/2018