Idaho covers 82,747 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 1,683,140 people – 556,682 living in rural Idaho (USDA-ERS). Boise, the capital, is located in the southwestern region of the state. The state’s largest cities include Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Idaho Falls. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 93.4% of the state’s population is white, 1.7% is American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.5% is Asian and 12.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Idaho Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 40 hospitals in Idaho (Kaiser, 2015). The state has 27 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are 47 Rural Health Clinics in Idaho (CMS, 2016), and 14 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 86 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Idaho
While most Idahoans have some form of health insurance coverage, 11% of residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2015). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Idahoans in 2015 was $38,392, although rural per-capita income lagged at $37,390. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Idaho is 16.7%, compared with 14.4% in urban areas of the state. 13.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 9.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Idaho is 4.0%, while in urban Idaho it is 3.7% (USDA-ERS, 2016).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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
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Last Reviewed: 9/12/2016