Delaware covers 1,954 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 925,749 people (USDA-ERS). Dover is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.1% of the state’s population is white, 22.1% is Black/African American, and 8.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Delaware Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 7 hospitals in Delaware (Kaiser, 2012). The state has no hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (November 2014). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Delaware (Kaiser, 2012), and 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 11 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Delaware

7.0% of Delaware residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Delaware residents in 2013 was $44,815. Estimates from 2013 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 12.8%. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 12.3% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in Delaware is 6.7% (USDA-ERS, 2013).

* Delaware does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, Delaware does have pockets of rurality.

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

Data Sources
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


Delaware Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Part of the Delaware Division of Public Health. Collects and disseminates rural health information across the state. Coordinates rural health interests and activities statewide.
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