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New Jersey

New Jersey covers 7,417 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 8,882,190 people (USDA-ERS). Trenton is the state capital. The state's largest cities are Newark, Jersey City and Paterson. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.9% of the state's population is white, 15.1% is African-American, 10.0% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 20.9% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

New Jersey Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to, as of April 2021 New Jersey had:

  • No Critical Access Hospitals
  • No Rural Health Clinics
  • 16 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 5 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for New Jersey

7.9% percent of New Jersey residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2019). According to the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), the average per capita income for New Jersey residents in 2019 was $70,471. Based on 2019 ACS data, ERS reports that the state-wide poverty rate is 9.1% and 10.2% of the population has not completed high school (ERS report, 2015-2019 ACS data). The unemployment rate in New Jersey is 3.6% (USDA-ERS, 2019).

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 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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