Maine covers 30,843 square miles, with a 2018 estimated population of 1,338,404 people – with 544,209 people living in rural Maine (USDA-ERS). Augusta is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Portland, Lewiston and Bangor. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 94.7% of the state’s population is white, 1.6% is African-American, 1.2% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1.6% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Maine Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Maine had:
- 16 Critical Access Hospitals
- 38 Rural Health Clinics
- 84 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 9 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Maine
8% of Maine residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Maine residents in 2017 was $46,455, although rural per capita income lagged at $41,626. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Maine is 13.2%, compared with 9.6% in urban areas of the state. 9.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Maine is 3.9%, while in urban Maine it is 3.1% (USDA-ERS, 2018).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Manages health personnel recruitment and retention programs and provides technical assistance for communities to receive grants that benefit health care and rural areas; facilitates communication on rural health issues among providers, consumers and government programs.
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Last Reviewed: 6/19/2018