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Rhode Island

Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of 1,095,610 people (USDA-ERS). Providence is the state capital. The state's largest cities are Providence, Warwick and Cranston. According to 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 83.1% of the state's population is White, 8.8% is African-American, 3.7% is Asian, 1.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 17.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Rhode Island 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 April 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rhode Island

3.1% of Rhode Island residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2020). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Rhode Island residents in 2020 was $60,825. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS data, that the state-wide poverty rate is 10.7%. 10.8% of the population has not completed high school according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 5.6% (USDA-ERS, 2021).

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

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Rhode Island Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 401.222.1488
An office of the Division of Policy, Information and Communications under the Rhode Island Department of Health addressing health disparities created by a lack of access to quality healthcare due to financial, cultural, and geographic barriers.
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Last Reviewed: 7/8/2022