Washington covers 66,544 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 7,405,743 people – 740,930 living in rural Washington (USDA-ERS). Olympia, the capital, is located in the western region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 79.5% of the state’s population is white, 4.2% is African-American, 8.9% is Asian, 1.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.8% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 12.7% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Washington Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of July 2018 Washington had:
- 39 Critical Access Hospitals
- 115 Rural Health Clinics
- 76 Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 9 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Washington
6% of Washington residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Washingtonians in 2016 was $54,579, although rural per capita income lagged at $41,763. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Washington is 15.9%, compared with 10.5% in urban areas of the state. 12.1% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 9.1% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Washington is 6.1%, while in urban Washington it is 4.6% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Supports rural and underserved communities in the state of Washington by providing assistance and resources for health systems planning and development to improve health and access to healthcare.
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Last Reviewed: 10/19/2018