Wyoming, the least populous U.S. state, covers 97,100 square miles, with a 2017 estimated population of 579,315 people – 401,441 living in rural Wyoming (USDA-ERS). Cheyenne, the capital and largest city, is located in the southeastern region of the state. The state's other large cities include Casper, Laramie, and Gillette. According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 92.8% of the state’s population is white, 1.3% is African-American, 1.0% is Asian, 2.7% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 10.0% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Wyoming Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of January 2019 Wyoming had:
- 16 Critical Access Hospitals
- 22 Rural Health Clinics
- 11 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 9 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Wyoming
12% of Wyoming residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2017). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Wyomingites in 2017 was $57,346, with rural per capita income lagging at $57,090. The ERS reports, based on 2017 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Wyoming is 11.8%, compared with 10.4% in urban areas of the state. 7.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 7.3% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2013-2017 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Wyoming is 4.1%, and in urban Wyoming it is 4.4% (USDA-ERS, 2017).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Seeks to enhance access to healthcare services, support the development of an adequate healthcare workforce, and promote collaboration in expanding comprehensive, community-based healthcare in rural Wyoming.
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Last Reviewed: 11/1/2018