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Kentucky

Kentucky covers 39,728 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 4,454,189 people – with 1,830,084 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 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 87.8% 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 3.7% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Kentucky Rural Healthcare Facilities

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

  • 27 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 205 Rural Health Clinics
  • 198 Federally Qualified Health Centers 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, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Kentucky residents in 2016 was $38,926, although rural per capita income lagged at $32,903. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Kentucky is 22.2%, compared with 13.8% in urban areas of the state. 20.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.5% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Kentucky is 5.9%, while in urban Kentucky, it is 4.3% (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

Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 606.439.3557
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.
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Last Reviewed: 1/8/2018