Delaware covers 1,954 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 917,092 people – 203,390 living in rural Delaware (USDA-ERS). Dover is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.4% of the state’s population is white, 22.0% is Black/African American, and 8.6% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 7 hospitals in Delaware (Kaiser, 2011). The state has no hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. 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).
11.0% of Delaware residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Delaware residents in 2011 was $41,448, although rural per-capita income lagged at $34,988. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 12.4% exists in rural Delaware, compared to a 12.6% level in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 14.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 12.6% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Delaware is 7.3% and in urban Delaware, it is 7.1% (USDA-ERS, 2012).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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 Delaware with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Delaware in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/23/2013