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Georgia covers 57,906 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 10,310,371 people – with 1,778,123 people living in rural Georgia (USDA-ERS). Atlanta is the state capital, and the state’s largest cities are Atlanta, Augusta, and Columbus. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 61.6% of the state’s population is white, 31.7% is Black/African-American, and 9.4% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).

Georgia Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 141 hospitals in Georgia (Kaiser, 2015), of which 30 hospitals are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2017). There are 90 Rural Health Clinics in Georgia (CMS, 2017) and 35 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 197 clinical sites (NACHC, 2015).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Georgia

16% of Georgia residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Georgia residents in 2015 was $40,306, although rural per-capita income lagged at $30,870. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Georgia is 22.1%, compared with 14.7% in urban areas of the state. 20.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Georgia is 6.0%, while in urban Georgia it is 5.3% (USDA-ERS, 2016).

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; Georgia Office of Rural Health (SORH); Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State


Georgia State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 229.401.3090
Works to improve access to health care in rural areas and reduce health status disparities. A division of the Georgia Department of Community Health.
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There are more organizations related to Georgia in the organizations section.

Last Reviewed: 6/29/2015