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Rural Health Information Hub

Massachusetts

Key Contact for Massachusetts

Massachusetts Office of Rural Health

Phone: 508.792.7880 Ext. 2172
Email: Cathleen.mcelligott@state.ma.us

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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Massachusetts Nonmetro Population

6,873,003
Estimated population
28,642 (0.4%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Massachusetts Rural Healthcare Facilities

3
Critical Access Hospitals
7
Rural Health Clinics
14
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
4
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Massachusetts

3.0% of Massachusetts residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Massachusetts residents in 2020 was $78,458, with the rural per capita income at $71,433. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Massachusetts is 9.5%, compared with 9.4% in urban areas of the state. 6.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 9.0% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Massachusetts is at 5.6%, while in urban Wisconsin it is at 5.7% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

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


Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

There are more organizations related to Massachusetts in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 11/1/2022