New Mexico covers 121,356 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 2,096,829 people – 686,300 living in rural New Mexico (USDA-ERS). Santa Fe, the capital, is located in the north-central region of the state. The state's largest cities are Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 81.9% of the state's population is white, 2.6% is African-American, 1.8% is Asian, 11.0% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 49.3% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
New Mexico Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2021 New Mexico had:
- 11 Critical Access Hospitals
- 17 Rural Health Clinics
- 107 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 20 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Mexico
While most New Mexicans have some form of health insurance coverage, 9.8% of its residents remain uninsured (Kaiser, 2019). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for New Mexicans in 2019 was $43,326, with the rural per capita income at $41,824. The ERS reports, based on 2019 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural New Mexico is 19.6%, compared with 16.4% in urban areas of the state. 17.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 12.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2015-2019 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural New Mexico is 5.1%, while in urban New Mexico it is 4.8% (USDA-ERS, 2019).
Works to improve access to quality healthcare for New Mexico by providing collaborative leadership and resources to healthcare and community organizations. A division of the Health Systems Bureau in the New Mexico Department of Health.
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