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Key Contact for Tennessee
Tennessee Office of Rural Health
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.
Tennessee Nonmetro Population
People living in nonmetro areas
Source: U.S. Census ACS 2020 estimate
Tennessee 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 data.HRSA.gov
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural
10.1% of Tennessee residents lack health insurance
(Kaiser, 2021). According to the USDA Economic Research
Service, the average per capita income for Tennessee
residents in 2020 was $51,046, with the rural per capita
income at $39,938. The ERS reports, based on 2020 ACS
data, that the poverty rate in rural Tennessee is 15.6%,
compared with 13.0% in urban areas of the state. 15.8% of
the rural population has not completed high school, while
10.6% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma
according to 2016-2020 ACS data reported by ERS. The
unemployment rate in rural Tennessee is 4.4%, while in
urban Tennessee, it is 4.3% (USDA-ERS, 2021).
Family Foundation State Health Facts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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Last Reviewed: 11/30/2022