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Nevada covers 110,567 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 2,940,058 people – 271,985 living in rural Nevada (USDA-ERS). Carson City, the capital, is located in the western region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Las Vegas, Henderson, and Reno. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 75.7% of the state’s population is white, 9.3% is African American/Black, 8.5% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 28.1% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).

Nevada Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 36 hospitals in Nevada (Kaiser, 2015). The state has 13 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2017). There are 12 Rural Health Clinics in Nevada (CMS, 2017), and 6 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 31 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Nevada

11% of Nevadans lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2015). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Nevadans in 2015 was $41,889, although rural per-capita income lagged at $41,858. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Nevada is 13.5%, compared with 13.8% in urban areas of the state. 13.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 15.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Nevada is 5.8%, while in urban Nevada it is 5.7% (USDA-ERS, 2016).

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

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


Nevada State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 775.738.3828
Provides technical assistance activities to rural communities through workshops, dissemination of information, and recruitment and retention of health care practitioners. A division of the Center for Education and Health Services Outreach at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
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Last Reviewed: 10/31/2016