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Tennessee covers 41,217 square miles, with a 2021 estimated population of 6,975,218 people – with 1,546,753 living in rural Tennessee (USDA-ERS). Nashville is the state capital. The state's largest cities are Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. According to 2021 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 78.2% of the state's population is White, 17.0% 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 6.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

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 April 2022.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Tennessee

11.4% of Tennessee residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2020). 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).

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


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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Last Reviewed: 2/18/2021