Virginia covers 39,594 square miles, with a 2018 estimated population of 8,517,685 people – with 1,037,819 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
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Virginia had:
- 7 Critical Access Hospitals
- 37 Rural Health Clinics
- 85 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 30 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 2017 was $55,105, although rural per capita income lagged at $37,833. 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. 18.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 9.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Virginia is 3.7%, while in urban Virginia, it is 2.9% (USDA-ERS, 2018).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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: 4/3/2019