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Key Contact for North Carolina
North Carolina Office of Rural Health
Provides technical assistance to small hospitals and community health centers in rural and medically underserved communities, recruits healthcare providers to work in these communities, and provides grants for community health centers.
North Carolina Nonmetro Population
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate
North Carolina Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural North
8.2% of North Carolina residents lack health insurance
(Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research
Service, the average per capita income for North Carolina
residents in 2020 was $50,305, with the rural per capita
income at $41,306. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS
data, that the poverty rate in rural North Carolina is
17.2%, compared with 11.8% in urban areas of the state.
15.2% of the rural population has not completed high
school, while 10.4% of the urban population lacks a high
school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported
by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural North Carolina is
5.3%, while in urban North Carolina it is 4.7% (USDA-ERS,
Family Foundation State Health Facts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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