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
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Nebraska had:
- 64 Critical Access Hospitals
- 143 Rural Health Clinics
- 9 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 11 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Nebraska
9% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). 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 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Nebraska is 11.8%, compared with 10.2% 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.
Works to assure quality healthcare 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: 1/25/2019