Utah covers 82,144 square miles, with a 2018 estimated population of 3,161,105 people – 330,962 living in rural Utah (USDA-ERS). Salt Lake City, Utah's largest city and capital, is located in the northern region of the state. The state’s other large cities include West Valley City and Provo. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 90.9% of the state’s population is white, 1.4% is African-American, 2.6% is Asian, 1.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 1.0% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 14.0% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Utah Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Utah had:
- 13 Critical Access Hospitals
- 14 Rural Health Clinics
- 19 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 8 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Utah
9% of Utah residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Utahns in 2017 was $43,459 although rural per capita income lagged at $44,910. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Utah is 12.2%, compared with 9.4% in urban areas of the state. 9.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Utah is 3.9%, while in urban Utah it is 3.0% (USDA-ERS, 2018).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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Last Reviewed: 11/5/2018