The Bluegrass State is famous for breeding horses, tobacco farms, fine bourbon and the Kentucky Derby. Kentucky covers 39,728 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 4,380,415 people – with 1,839,192 people living in rural Kentucky (USDA-ERS). Frankfort is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Louisville, Lexington, and Owensboro. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 88.6% of the state’s population is white, 8.1% is Black/African-American, and 3.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 106 hospitals in Kentucky (Kaiser, 2011), 29 of which are identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 147 Rural Health Clinics in Kentucky (Kaiser, 2012) and 19 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 92 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
15.0% of Kentucky residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Kentucky residents in 2011 was $33,988, although rural per-capita income lagged at $28,918. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 23.3% exists in rural Kentucky, compared to 16.1% in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 24.5% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 13.7% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Kentucky is 9.0%, while in urban Kentucky, it is 7.7% (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 Kentucky with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Kentucky in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/6/2013