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Idaho

Idaho covers 82,747 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,716,943 people – 564,600 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 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 93.2% of the state’s population is white, 0.9% is African-American, 1.5% is Asian, 1.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 12.5% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Idaho Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Idaho had:

  • 27 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 46 Rural Health Clinics
  • 46 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 4 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Idaho

While most Idahoans have some form of health insurance coverage, 11% of residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2017). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Idahoans in 2016 was $39,470, although rural per capita income lagged at $38,107. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Idaho is 14.7%, compared with 11.9% in urban areas of the state. 12.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Idaho is 3.3%, while in urban Idaho it is 3.1% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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

Contacts

Idaho Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care
Phone: 208.334.0669
Email: RuralHealth@dhw.idaho.gov
Promotes access to quality healthcare through a variety of programs, services, and activities for rural Idaho residents.
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Last Reviewed: 10/25/2018