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West Virginia

West Virginia covers 24,078 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 1,815,857 people – with 693,506 people living in rural areas (USDA-ERS). Charleston is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 93.6% of the state’s population is white, 3.6% is African-American, 0.8% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1.6% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.

West Virginia Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 54 hospitals in West Virginia (Kaiser, 2016), 20 of which are identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 7/2018). There are 53 Rural Health Clinics in West Virginia (CMS, 2017) and 27 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 307 sites in the state (NACHC, 2017).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural West Virginia

7% of West Virginia residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2016). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for West Virginia residents in 2016 was $36,624, although rural per capita income lagged at $33,306. The ERS reports, based on 2016 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural West Virginia is 18.7%, compared with 17.4% in urban areas of the state. 17.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 12.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2012-2016 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural West Virginia is 5.9%, while in urban West Virginia, it is 4.8% (USDA-ERS, 2017).

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

Data Sources
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


West Virginia Division of Rural Health & Recruitment
Phone: 304.558.0644
Serves as the focal point for rural health issues in West Virginia. Addresses rural health care 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.
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Last Reviewed: 7/18/2017