Vermont covers 9,250 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 623,657 people – with 405,262 people living in rural Vermont (USDA-ERS). Montpelier is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Burlington, Essex and Colchester. According to 2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 94.6% of the state’s population is white, 1.3% is African-American, 1.8% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1.9% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Vermont Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 14 hospitals in Vermont (Kaiser, 2015), 8 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 4/2018). There are 11 Rural Health Clinics in the state (CMS, 2017), and 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers providing services at 66 sites (NACHC, 2016).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Vermont
5% of Vermont residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Vermont residents in 2016 was $49,984, although rural per-capita income lagged at $48,263. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Vermont is 12.7%, compared with 10.3% in urban areas of the state. 8.6% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Vermont is 3.6% and the rate is 2.7% in urban Vermont (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
Works to improve quality and performance of Vermont's Critical Access Hospitals and rural hospitals. Focuses on access to primary, dental, and mental health services and recruitment and retention of primary care, oral health, and mental health workforce. Supports outreach to farm owners and workers and training for health care professionals. Part of the Vermont Department of Health.
There are more organizations related to Vermont in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 7/14/2017