Tennessee covers 41,217 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 6,829,174 people – with 1,524,020 living in rural Tennessee (USDA-ERS). Nashville is the state capital. The state's largest cities are Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 78.4% of the state's population is white, 17.1% is African-American, 2.0% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 5.7% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Tennessee Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2021 Tennessee had:
- 15 Critical Access Hospitals
- 162 Rural Health Clinics
- 94 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 42 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Tennessee
102% of Tennessee residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2019). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Tennessee residents in 2019 was $48,684, with the rural per capita income at $37,441. The ERS reports, based on 2019 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Tennessee is 16.3%, compared with 13.1% in urban areas of the state. 16.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.2% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2015-2019 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Tennessee is 4.1%, while in urban Tennessee, it is 3.2% (USDA-ERS, 2019).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Works to improve and enhance the accessibility, availability, and affordability of quality healthcare in Tennessee by creating a central focus and coordination of rural healthcare resources. A division of the Tennessee Department of Health.
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Last Reviewed: 2/18/2021