Kansas covers 82,227 square miles, with a 2018 estimated population of 2,911,505 people – 919,264 living in rural Kansas (USDA-ERS). Topeka, the capital, is located in the north-eastern region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Wichita, Overland Park, and Kansas City. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 86.5% of the state’s population is white, 6.2% is African-American, 3.1% is Asian, 1.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 11.9% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Kansas Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Kansas had:
- 84 Critical Access Hospitals
- 172 Rural Health Clinics
- 39 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 31 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Kansas
9% of Kansas residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Kansans in 2017 was $48,559, although rural per capita income lagged at $41,972. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Kansas is 13.6%, compared with 11.1% in urban areas of the state. 11.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.4% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Kansas is at 3.2%, and in urban Kansas it is at 3.4% (USDA-ERS, 2018).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Aids rural and medically underserved communities in Kansas and helps build sustainable access to quality, patient-centered primary health care services. Focuses on supporting the primary care and rural health workforce, connecting local providers and partners to resources and programs, and strengthening system-wide performance improvement capacity.
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Last Reviewed: 11/28/2018