New Jersey

New Jersey covers 7,417 square miles, with a 2015 estimated population of 8,958,013 people (USDA-ERS). Trenton is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Newark, Jersey City and Paterson. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 72.6% of the state’s population is white, 14.8% is Black/African-American, 9.7% is Asian, and 19.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).

New Jersey Rural Healthcare Facilities

There are 75 hospitals in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2015). The state has zero hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2015). There are 23 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with 136 FQHC service delivery sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Jersey

11% percent of New Jersey residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New Jersey residents in 2015 was $55,905. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the state-wide poverty rate is 8.2%. 7.7% of the population has not completed high school according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in New Jersey is 5.6% (USDA-ERS, 2015).

* 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
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

Contacts

New Jersey State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 609.292.1495
Email: linda.anderson@doh.state.nj.us
Provides technical assistance, statewide coordination, information clearinghouse, and recruitment and retention. Works with the New Jersey Primary Care Association.
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Last Reviewed: 3/18/2014