For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Michigan is the only state made up of two peninsulas, the
lower "Mitten" and the Upper Peninsula (U.P.). Michigan
covers 56,804 square miles, with a 2021 estimated
population of 10,050,811 people – 1,809,152 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 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 79.0%
of the state's population is White, 14.1% is
African-American, 3.4% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian
or Alaska Native, and 5.6% is of Hispanic or Latino
Michigan Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Michigan
3.9% of the Michigan residents lack health insurance
(Kaiser, 2020). According to the USDA Economic Research
Service, the average per capita income for Michiganians
in 2020 was $53,259, with the per capita income at
$45,401. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that
the poverty rate in rural Michigan is 12.1%, compared
with 12.8% in urban areas of the state. 8.8% of the rural
population has not completed high school, while 8.7% of
the urban population lacks a high school diploma
according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The
unemployment rate in rural Michigan is at 5.9%, and in
urban Michigan it is at 5.9% (USDA-ERS, 2021).
Foundation State Health Facts;
U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Michigan Center for Rural Health
Serves as the center for expertise in rural health for
Michigan and as the State Office of Rural Health (SORH).
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).
There are more organizations related to Michigan
in the organizations section.