The famous Margaret Mitchell novel, “Gone with the Wind” was written in Georgia and Atlanta served host to the 1996 Summer Olympics. Georgia covers 57,906 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 9,992,167 people – with 1,772,222 people living in rural Georgia (USDA-ERS). Atlanta is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Atlanta, Augusta and Columbus. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 62.5% of the state’s population is white, 31.4% is Black/African-American, and 9.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Georgia Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 148 hospitals in Georgia (Kaiser, 2012), 67 of which are located in rural counties (SORH, 2012). The state has 30 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (November 2014). There are 99 Rural Health Clinics in Georgia (Kaiser, 2012) and 32 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 156 clinical sites (SORH, 2014).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Georgia

16.0% of Georgia residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Georgia residents in 2013 was $37,845, although rural per-capita income lagged at $30,477. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 25.3% exists in rural Georgia, compared to 17.7% in urban areas of the state. The ERS reports, based on 200-2013 ACS data, that 21.8% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 13.8% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Georgia is 9.5%, while in urban Georgia it is 7.9% (USDA-ERS, 2013).

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Data Sources
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Georgia Office of Rural Health (SORH); Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List


Georgia State Office of Rural Health
Phone: 229.401.3090
Works to improve access to health care in rural areas and reduce health status disparities. A division of the Georgia Department of Community Health.
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