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 2012 estimated population of 9,919,945 people – with 1,775,414 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, 62.8% of the state’s population is white, 31.2% is Black/African-American, and 9.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 153 hospitals in Georgia (Kaiser, 2011), 67 of which are located in rural counties (SORH, 2012). The state has 33 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 99 Rural Health Clinics in Georgia (Kaiser, 2012) and 27 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 149 sites (SORH, 2012).
20.0% of Georgia residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Georgia residents in 2012 was $37,449, although rural per-capita income lagged at $29,828. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 24.9% exists in rural Georgia, compared to 18.0% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 22.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 14.0% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Georgia is 10.4%, while in urban Georgia it is 8.8% (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; Georgia Office of Rural Health (SORH); Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Directory of Rural Health
Contact information for people and organizations in Georgia with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Georgia in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/5/2013