Illinois covers 55,584 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 12,802,023 people – 1,468,572 living in rural Illinois (USDA-ERS). Springfield, the capital, is located in the central region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Chicago, Aurora, and Rockford. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 77.1% of the state’s population is white, 14.6% is African-American, 5.7% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 17.3% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Illinois Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Illinois had:
- 51 Critical Access Hospitals
- 235 Rural Health Clinics
- 75 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 28 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Illinois
7% of Illinois residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Illinoisans in 2017 was $54,203, although rural per capita income lagged at $40,273. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Illinois is 14.2%, compared with 12.4% in urban areas of the state. 11.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.5% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Illinois is at 4.9% while in urban Illinois it is at 5.0% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Works to improve access to primary health care in rural and underserved areas of Illinois and encourages community involvement in health issues. Serves as an information clearinghouse on rural health issues. Administers scholarship programs for students in the health professions.
There are more organizations related to Illinois in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 11/19/2018