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North Dakota

Key Contact for North Dakota

North Dakota State Office of Rural Health

Phone: 701.777.3848

Helps the rural communities in North Dakota build healthcare services through collaboration. Works with hospitals and other healthcare related facilities. Administers the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (FLEX), Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP), and provides grant development assistance.
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North Dakota Nonmetro Population

Estimated population
381,625 (50.2%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

North Dakota 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 July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural North Dakota

Most North Dakotans have some form of health insurance coverage, although 6.1% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for North Dakotans in 2020 was $61,530, with the rural per capita income at $62,412. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural North Dakota is 10.4%, compared with 10.1% in urban areas of the state. 8.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 5.4% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural North Dakota is 4.3%, while in urban North Dakota it is 3.1% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


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Last Reviewed: 1/14/2022