Minnesota covers 79,610 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 5,576,606 people - 1,240,268 living in rural Minnesota (USDA-ERS). Saint Paul, the state capital, is located in the southern region of the state. The largest cities are Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Duluth, and Rochester. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 84.4% of the state’s population is white, 6.5% is African-American, 5.1% is Asian, 1.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 5.4% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Minnesota Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Minnesota had:
- 78 Critical Access Hospitals
- 96 Rural Health Clinics
- 13 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 25 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Minnesota
5% of Minnesota residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Minnesotans in 2016 was $52,038, although rural per capita income lagged at $43,460. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Minnesota is 11.5%, compared with 8.9% in urban areas of the state. 9.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 6.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Minnesota is at 4.2% while in urban Minnesota it is at 3.2% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Promotes access to quality healthcare for all Minnesota residents. Works with policymakers, providers, and rural and underserved urban communities. Coordinates statewide healthcare workforce programs and provides technical assistance to healthcare facilities.
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Last Reviewed: 1/22/2019