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State Office of Rural Health
West Virginia State Office of Rural Health
Serves as the focal point for rural health issues in West Virginia. Addresses rural healthcare needs by planning and developing policy, providing technical assistance and managing statewide coordination of rural health activities. A division of the WV Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion.
West Virginia Nonmetro Population
People living in nonmetro areas
West Virginia Rural Healthcare Facilities
Critical Access Hospitals
Rural Health Clinics
Federally Qualified Health Centers*
Short Term/PPS Hospitals*
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural West
5.9% of West Virginia residents lack health insurance
(Kaiser, 2022). According to the Economic Research
Service, the average per capita income for West Virginia
residents in 2021 was $48,488, with the rural per capita
income at $44,733. The ERS reports, based on 2021 ACS
data, that the poverty rate in rural West Virginia is
18.8%, compared with 15.6% in urban areas of the state.
14.3% of the rural population has not completed high
school, while 10.5% of the urban population lacks a high
school diploma according to 2017-2021 ACS data reported
by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural West Virginia is
4.3%, while in urban West Virginia, it is 3.7% (USDA-ERS,
Foundation State Health Facts;
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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Last Reviewed: 10/27/2023