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Florida covers 53,927 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of 21,781,128 people, including 719,493 people living in rural Florida (USDA-ERS). Tallahassee is the state capital and the largest cities are Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. According to 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 77.3% of the state's population is white, 16.9% is African-American, 3.0% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 26.4% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Florida Rural Healthcare Facilities

Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to April 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Florida

12.3% of Florida residents are uninsured (Kaiser, 2020). According to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), the average per capita income for Florida residents in 2020 was $55,675, with the rural per capita income at $42,188. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Florida is 18.9%, compared with 12.2% in urban areas of the state. 18.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.2% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Florida is at 4.4%, while in urban Florida it is at 4.6% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

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


Florida Office of Rural Health
Phone: 850.245.4009
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: 12/30/2021