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Virginia covers 39,594 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 8,470,020 people – with 1,040,889 people living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Richmond is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 69.7% of the state’s population is white, 19.8% is African-American, 6.8% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 9.4% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

Virginia Rural Healthcare Facilities

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According to, as of July 2018 Virginia had:

  • 7 Critical Access Hospitals
  • 34 Rural Health Clinics
  • 84 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
  • 35 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Virginia

9% of Virginia residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Virginia residents in 2016 was $52,957, although rural per capita income lagged at $36,415. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Virginia is 16.8%, compared with 9.8% in urban areas of the state. 18.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.2% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Virginia is 4.9%, while in urban Virginia, it is 3.6% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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

Data Sources
Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 804.864.7426
Collects and disseminates information; provides technical assistance; helps coordinate rural health interests state-wide; and supports efforts to improve recruitment and retention of health professionals.
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Last Reviewed: 7/18/2017