Maryland covers 9,774 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 6,016,447 people – with 151,541 people living in rural Maryland (USDA-ERS). Annapolis is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Baltimore, Gaithersburg and Frederick. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 59.6% of the state’s population is white, 30.5% is Black/African-American, and 9.5% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Maryland Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 50 hospitals in Maryland (Kaiser, 2015). The state has zero hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2017). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Maryland (CMS, 2017), and 17 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 127 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Maryland
7% of Maryland residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2015). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Maryland residents in 2015 was $55,972, although rural per-capita income lagged at $48,783. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Maryland is 13.7%, compared with 9.6% in urban areas of the state. 13.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.6% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Maryland is 5.0%, and in urban Maryland, it is 4.3% (USDA-ERS, 2016).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Collects and disseminates information within the state, coordinates rural health interests and activities across the state, and provides technical assistance to attract more federal, state, and foundation funding for rural communities.
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Last Reviewed: 3/27/2015