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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

Massachusetts Rural Healthcare Facilities map

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There are 75 hospitals in Massachusetts (Kaiser, 2016). The state has 3 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There is one Rural Health Clinic in Massachusetts (CMS, 2017) and 39 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 276 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
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; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


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.
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Last Reviewed: 5/15/2017