The United States covers 3,537,438 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 328,239,523 people – 46,063,061 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 76.3% of the nation's population is white, 13.4% is African-American, 5.9% is Asian, 1.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 18.5% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2021 the United States had:
- 1,352 Critical Access Hospitals
- 4,710 Rural Health Clinics
- 4,105 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 1,085 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health
Most Americans have some form of health insurance coverage, however 9.2% of the nation's residents are uninsured (Kaiser, 2019). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for all Americans in 2019 was $56,490, with the rural per capita income at $42,993. The ERS reports, based on 2019 ACS data, that the poverty rate in the rural U.S. is 15.3%, compared with 11.9% nationwide. 13.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 11.7% across the nation lacks a high school diploma according to 2015-2019 ACS data reported by ERS. The rural unemployment rate is at 4.1% while it is 3.6% nationwide (USDA-ERS, 2019).