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Rhode Island

Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,059,639 people (USDA-ERS). Providence is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Providence, Warwick and Cranston. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 84.1% of the state’s population is white, 8.2% is African-American, 3.7% is Asian, 1.0% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 15.5% 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 2018 Rhode Island had:

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

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural 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 2016 was $50,427. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the state-wide poverty rate is 11.6%. 13.0% of the population has not completed high school according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 4.5% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

* Rhode Island does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, Rhode Island does have pockets of rurality.

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
Promotes continued improvement in the health status of residents in rural Rhode Island. Works to see that all people in Rhode Island have the opportunity to live a safe and healthy life in a safe and healthy community. A division of the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Primary Care, Health Disparities and Access to Care Team.
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Last Reviewed: 7/3/2017