Massachusetts covers 7,840 square miles, with a 2017 population estimate of 6,859,819 people - 99,256 of which live in rural areas (USDA-ERS). The eastern part of the state is mostly urban and suburban including the City of Boston, the surrounding metro-Boston area, and a number of secondary and their surrounding areas. However, rural communities are located in central and western Massachusetts except for the immediate areas of Worcester and Springfield and in the coastal areas of the southeastern part of the state.
Massachusetts Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Massachusetts had:
- 3 Critical Access Hospitals
- 1 Rural Health Clinics
- 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 3 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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.
There are more organizations related to Massachusetts in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 1/3/2019