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Nebraska covers 76,872 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,920,076 people – 666,846 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Lincoln, the capital, is located in the south-eastern region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Lincoln, Omaha, and Bellevue. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 88.6% of the state’s population is white, 5.1% is African-American, 2.6% is Asian, 1.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 11.0% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Nebraska Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 88 hospitals in Nebraska (Kaiser, 2016), 64 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are 141 Rural Health Clinics in the state (CMS, 2017), and 7 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 48 sites (NACHC, 2017). Nebraska's not-for-profit hospitals and public health departments are connected to a telehealth backbone that uses T1 lines and cable lines for connectivity. Additional CRHC's will be added to the same network in the future.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Nebraska

7% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Nebraskans in 2016 was $50,029, although rural per capita income lagged at $47,349. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Nebraska is 12.2%, compared with 11.0% in urban areas of the state. 10.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Nebraska is at 2.8%, while in urban Nebraska it is at 3.0% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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

Data Sources
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; Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List


Nebraska Office of Rural Health
Phone: 402.471.2337
Works to assure quality health care services to those living in rural Nebraska. Promotes programs and activities including student loan repayment programs, recruitment and retention, healthcare facilities serving underserved areas, and State 30 J1 Visa Waiver. Serves as the Nebraska Office of Primary Care.
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Last Reviewed: 7/26/2017