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Rhode Island

Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 1,059,361 people (USDA-ERS). Providence is the state capital. The state's largest cities are Providence, Warwick and Cranston. According to 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 83.9% of the state's population is white, 8.4% is African-American, 3.6% is Asian, 1.1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 15.9% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Rhode Island Rural Healthcare Facilities

Rhode Island Rural Healthcare Facilities map

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According to, as of July 2020 Rhode Island had:

  • No Critical Access Hospitals
  • No Rural Health Clinics
  • 4 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • No short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rhode Island

5% of Rhode Island residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Rhode Island residents in 2018 was $54,850. The ERS reports, based on 2018 ACS data, that the state-wide poverty rate is 12.8%. 12.0% of the population has not completed high school according to 2014-2018 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 3.6% (USDA-ERS, 2019).

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: 401.222.5952
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: 7/30/2020