The United States covers 3,537,438 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 325,719,178 people – 46,082,739 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 76.6% of the nation’s population is white, 13.4% is African-American, 5.8% is Asian, 1.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 18.1% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 the United States had:
- 1,348 Critical Access Hospitals
- 4,277 Rural Health Clinics
- 3,834 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 1,381 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health
Most Americans have some form of health insurance coverage, however 9% of the nation's residents are uninsured (Kaiser, 2017). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for all Americans in 2016 was $49,246, although rural per capita income lagged at $38,248. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in the rural U.S. is 16.4%, compared with 13.4% nationwide. 14.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.0% across the nation lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The rural unemployment rate is at 4.7% while it is 4.4% nationwide (USDA-ERS, 2017).