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Maine covers 30,843 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,335,907 people – with 544,216 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

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According to, as of July 2018 Maine had:

  • 16 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 39 Rural Health Clinics
  • 89 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 11 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 2016 was $44,053, although rural per capita income lagged at $40,306. 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. 9.1% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.4% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Maine is 3.8%, while in urban Maine it is 2.9% (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


Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Phone: 207.287.5524
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