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Utah covers 82,144 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 3,101,833 people – 325,595 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

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There are 47 hospitals in Utah (Kaiser, 2016). The state has 13 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are 14 Rural Health Clinics in Utah (CMS, 2017), and 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 57 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Utah

12% of Utah residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Utahns in 2016 was $40,925 although rural per capita income lagged at $40,885. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Utah is 13.9%, compared with 9.8% in urban areas of the state. 9.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 8.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Utah is 4.4%, while in urban Utah it is 3.1% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
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


Utah Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Phone: 801.273.6618
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