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New Hampshire

New Hampshire covers 8,968 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,342,795 people – 498,122 of which live in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Concord is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Manchester, Nashua and Concord. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 93.6% of the state’s population is white, 1.6% is African-American, 2.8% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, and 3.7% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

New Hampshire Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to, as of July 2018 New Hampshire had:

  • 13 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 14 Rural Health Clinics
  • 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 4 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Hampshire

6% of New Hampshire residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), the average per capita income for New Hampshire residents in 2016 was $55,954, although rural per capita income lagged at $52,080. Based on 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) data, the ERS reports that the poverty rate in rural New Hampshire is 8.5%, compared with 7.2% in urban areas of the state. 7.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma (ERS report using 2012-2016 ACS data). The unemployment rate of rural areas in New Hampshire is 2.5%, while the rate in urban areas is 2.8% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care Section
Phone: 603.271.4741
Offers technical assistance to rural health care providers and organizations, supports clinician recruitment and retention efforts, and disseminates healthcare related information to rural healthcare stakeholders. A division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Last Reviewed: 6/5/2017