The 2012 total estimated Connecticut population is 3,590,347 people – 187,530 living in rural Connecticut (USDA-ERS). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 82.0% of the state’s population is white, 11.2% is African American/Black, 4.2% is Asian, and 14.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
According to the Connecticut Office of Rural Health (2013), Connecticut has 28 non-federal short term or acute care hospitals and one children’s hospital. Five hospitals are located in the two most rural areas of the state, Litchfield and Windham counties. Connecticut has zero Rural Health Clinics (Kaiser, 2012). Connecticut has 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and 152 FQHC delivery sites (Kaiser, 2011).
10.0% of Connecticut residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for residents of Connecticut in 2012 was $59,687, although rural per-capita income lagged at $54,999. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 7.0% exists in rural Connecticut, compared to a 10.8% level in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 8.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 11.2% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Connecticut is at 7.7%, while in urban Connecticut it is at 8.4% (USDA-ERS, 2012).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
CT.gov: State of Connecticut; Connecticut State Office of Rural Health; U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Directory of Rural Health
Contact information for people and organizations in Connecticut with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Connecticut in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/13/2013