The United States covers 3,537,438 square miles, with a 2018 estimated population of 327,167,434 people – 46,100,224 living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). According to 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 69.1% of the nation's population is white, 26.8% is African-American, 1.5% is Asian, 0.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 4.4% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 the United States had:
- 1,351 Critical Access Hospitals
- 4,386 Rural Health Clinics
- 3,681 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 1,120 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 2017 was $51,640, although rural per capita income lagged at $38,188. 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. 14.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 12.4% across the nation lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The rural unemployment rate is at 4.2% while it is 3.8% nationwide (USDA-ERS, 2018).