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State Office of Rural Health
Massachusetts Office of Rural Health
Phone: 508.792.7880 Ext. 2172
A component of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which collects and disseminates information on rural health; coordinates resources and activities within rural communities; provides technical assistance for planning and development; strengthens local, state, and federal partnerships; and administers the Massachusetts Rural Hospital Flex and the SHIP programs.
Massachusetts Nonmetro Population
People living in nonmetro areas
Massachusetts Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural
2.4% of Massachusetts residents lack health insurance
(Kaiser, 2022). According to the USDA Economic Research
Service, the average per capita income for Massachusetts
residents in 2021 was $83,653, with the rural per capita
income at $73,151. The ERS reports, based on 2021 ACS
data, that the poverty rate in rural Massachusetts is
9.4%, compared with 10.4% in urban areas of the state.
5.6% of the rural population has not completed high
school, while 8.9% of the urban population lacks a high
school diploma according to 2017-2021 ACS data reported
by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Massachusetts is
at 4.1%, while in urban Massachusetts it is at 3.8%
Foundation State Health Facts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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