Maryland covers 9,774 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 5,928,814 people – with 153,117 people living in rural Maryland (USDA-ERS). Annapolis is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Baltimore, Gaithersburg and Frederick. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 60.5% of the state’s population is white, 30.1% is Black/African-American, and 9.0% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Maryland Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 50 hospitals in Maryland (Kaiser, 2012). The state has zero hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 11/2014). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Maryland (Kaiser, 2015), and 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 141 sites in the state (NACHC, 2013).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Maryland

10.0% of Maryland residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Maryland residents in 2013 was $53,826, although rural per-capita income lagged at $46,013. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 15.1% exists in rural Maryland, compared to 10.1% in urban areas of the state. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 14.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 11.2% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Maryland is 7.7%, and in urban Maryland, it is 6.5% (USDA-ERS, 2013).

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Maryland Office of Rural Health
Phone: 410.767.5300
Collects and disseminates information within the state, coordinates rural health interests and activities across the state, and provides technical assistance to attract more federal, state, and foundation funding for rural communities.
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