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New Jersey

New Jersey covers 7,417 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 9,005,644 people (USDA-ERS). Trenton is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Newark, Jersey City and Paterson. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 72.1% of the state’s population is white, 15.0% is African-American, 10.1% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 20.4% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

New Jersey Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 75 hospitals in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2016). The state has zero hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in New Jersey (CMS, 2017). There are 23 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with 131 FQHC service delivery sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Jersey

8% percent of New Jersey residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), the average per capita income for New Jersey residents in 2016 was $61,472. Based on 2016 ACS data, ERS reports that the state-wide poverty rate is 10.4% and 11.1% of the population has not completed high school (ERS report, 2012-2016 ACS data). The unemployment rate in New Jersey is 4.6% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

* New Jersey does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, New Jersey does have pockets of rurality.

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


New Jersey State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 609.292.1495
Statewide resource for rural health concerns. Collects and shares rural health information, provides technical assistance, and encourages recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas.
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Last Reviewed: 6/7/2017