Kentucky covers 39,728 square miles, with a 2018 estimated population of 4,468,402 people – with 1,829,922 people living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Frankfort is the state capital, and the state's largest cities are Louisville, Lexington, and Bowling Green. According to 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 87.6% of the state's population is white, 8.4% is African-American, 1.6% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 3.8% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Kentucky Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of October 2019 Kentucky had:
- 27 Critical Access Hospitals
- 251 Rural Health Clinics
- 247 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 46 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Kentucky
6% of Kentucky residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Kentucky residents in 2018 was $42,458, although rural per capita income lagged at $35,288. The ERS reports, based on 2018 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Kentucky is 21.1%, compared with 13.7% in urban areas of the state. 19.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.7% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2014-2018 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Kentucky is 5.2%, while in urban Kentucky, it is 3.9% (USDA-ERS, 2018).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Partners with hospitals, community organizations, and non-profit groups, in promoting healthcare in rural Kentucky. Located in the Center of Excellence in Rural Health at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
There are more organizations related to Kentucky in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 9/5/2019