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Louisiana covers 43,562 square miles, with a 2021
estimated population of 4,624,047 people – with 724,014
people living in rural Louisiana (USDA-ERS). Baton Rouge
is the state capital. The state's largest cities are New
Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. According to 2021
data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 62.4% of the state's
population is White, 33.0% is African-American, 1.9% is
Asian, 0.8% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 5.6% is of
Hispanic or Latino origin.
Louisiana Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural
7.7% of Louisiana residents lack health insurance
(Kaiser, 2020). According to the USDA Economic Research
Service, the average per capita income for Louisiana
residents in 2020 was $50,874, with the rural per capita
income at $42,597. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS
data, that the poverty rate in rural Louisiana is 21.6%,
compared with 17.1% in urban areas of the state. 18.7% of
the rural population has not completed high school, while
13.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma
according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The
unemployment rate in rural Louisiana is 5.4%, while in
urban Louisiana, it is 5.5% (USDA-ERS, 2021).
Foundation State Health Facts;
U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets;
Louisiana Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access
Works to improve the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by building community health systems' capacity to provide integrated, efficient, and effective health care services. A bureau of the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health housing the State Office of Rural Health. Known locally as Well-Ahead Louisiana.
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Last Reviewed: 10/28/2021