Maine covers 30,862 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 1,329,192 people – with 549,720 people living in rural Maine (USDA-ERS). Augusta is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Portland, Lewiston and Bangor. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 95.3% of the state’s population is white, 1.3% is Black/African-American, and 1.4% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 37 hospitals in Maine (Kaiser, 2011), and 16 hospitals are identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 39 Rural Health Clinics in Maine (Kaiser, 2012), and 18 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 108 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
10.0% of Maine residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Maine residents in 2012 was $40,087, although rural per-capita income lagged at $36,531. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 16.1% exists in rural Maine, compared to 13.2% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 10.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 8.5% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Maine is 8.4%, while in urban Maine it is 6.6% (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 Maine with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Maine in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/23/2013