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Tennessee

State Office of Rural Health

Tennessee Office of Rural Health

Phone: 615.741.0380

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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Tennessee Nonmetro Population

6,772,268
Estimated population
1,478,757 (21.8%)
People living in nonmetro areas

Tennessee Rural Healthcare Facilities

16
Critical Access Hospitals
273
Rural Health Clinics
99
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
40
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
*Sites according to data.HRSA.gov (October 2023), showing only locations outside of U.S Census Bureau Urban Areas with a population of 50,000 or more

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Tennessee

9.4% of Tennessee residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2022). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Tennessee residents in 2021 was $56,760, with the rural per capita income at $43,822. The ERS reports, based on 2021 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Tennessee is 15.6%, compared with 13.2% in urban areas of the state. 15.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2017-2021 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Tennessee is 3.8%, while in urban Tennessee, it is 3.3% (USDA-ERS, 2022).

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

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets

Contacts

There are more organizations related to Tennessee in the organizations section.


Last Reviewed: 11/30/2022