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Michigan

Michigan is the only state made up of two peninsulas, the lower "Mitten" and the Upper Peninsula, or U.P. Michigan covers 56,804 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 9,962,311 people – 1,797,856 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Lansing, the capital, is located in the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The state’s largest cities are Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Warren. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 79.4% of the state’s population is white, 14.1% is African-American, 3.2% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, and 5.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Michigan Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Michigan had:

  • 36 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 184 Rural Health Clinics
  • 119 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 38 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Michigan

5% of the Michigan residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Michiganians in 2016 was $44,253, although rural per capita income lagged at $36,875. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Michigan is 13.9%, compared with 14.2% in urban areas of the state. 10.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Michigan is at 5.7% while in urban Michigan it is at 4.4% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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


Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

Michigan Center for Rural Health
Phone: 517.355.7979
Email: mcrhaa@hc.msu.edu
Serves as the Michigan State Office of Rural Health (SORH) and the Michigan State Rural Health Association. Supports the development of partnerships among nonprofits, health departments, hospitals, government, and academia to create new opportunities in quality of care, recruitment and retention of healthcare providers, distance education, and emergency medical services (EMS).
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Last Reviewed: 11/20/2018