Utah covers 82,144 square miles, with a 2016 estimated population of 3,051,217 people – 324,306 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 the U.S. Census Bureau, 91.2% of the state’s population is white, 1.3% is African American, 2.5% is Asian, 1.5% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 13.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2015).
Utah Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 47 hospitals in Utah (Kaiser, 2015). The state has 12 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 2/2017). There are 16 Rural Health Clinics in Utah (CMS, 2016), and 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 51 sites in the state (NACHC, 2015).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Utah
10% of Utah residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2015). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Utahns in 2015 was $39,308 although rural per-capita income rose above at $40,014. The ERS reports, based on 2015 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Utah is 14.4%, compared with 10.9% in urban areas of the state. 10.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.6% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2011-2015 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Utah is 5.2%, while in urban Utah it is 3.2% (USDA-ERS, 2016).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Collects and disseminates information, provides technical assistance, coordinates rural health interests statewide, and supports efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals.
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Last Reviewed: 10/10/2016