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Rural Health Information Hub

Pennsylvania

Key Contact for Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health

Phone: 814.863.8214
Email: porh@psu.edu

Works to improve the health of rural communities and their residents by compiling, analyzing, and disseminating information to policy makers. Also works to encourage partnerships and identify opportunities for collaboration and cooperation.
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Pennsylvania Nonmetro Population

12,794,885
Estimated population
1,453,006 (11.4%)
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate

Pennsylvania Rural Healthcare Facilities

16
Critical Access Hospitals
70
Rural Health Clinics
124
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
36
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites located outside of Urbanized Areas according to data.HRSA.gov. July 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Pennsylvania

5.9% of Pennsylvania residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Pennsylvania residents in 2020 was $61,700, with the rural per capita income at $47,202. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Pennsylvania is 12.2%, compared with 10.7% in urban areas of the state. 10.5% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.8% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Pennsylvania is 6.6%, while in urban Pennsylvania it is 6.3% (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

Contacts

There are more organizations related to Pennsylvania in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 12/30/2021