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Nevada covers 110,567 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 2,998,039 people – 274,622 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 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 74.6% of the state’s population is white, 9.8% is African-American, 8.8% is Asian, 1.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.8% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 28.8% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Nevada Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 36 hospitals in Nevada (Kaiser, 2016). The state has 13 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are 12 Rural Health Clinics in Nevada (CMS, 2017), and 7 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 40 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Nevada

9% of Nevadans lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Nevadans in 2016 was $43,567, although rural per capita income is $43,618. 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. 13.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 14.7% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Nevada is 4.8%, while in urban Nevada it is 5.0% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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