Maryland covers 9,774 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 5,884,563 people – with 153,412 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, 60.8% of the state’s population is white, 30.0% is Black/African-American, and 8.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 48 hospitals in Maryland (Kaiser, 2011). The state has zero hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Maryland (Kaiser, 2012), and 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 108 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
13.0% of Maryland residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Maryland residents in 2012 was $53,816, although rural per-capita income lagged at $45,629. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 14.3% exists in rural Maryland, compared to 10.3% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 14.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 11.4% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Maryland is 8.3%, and in urban Maryland, it is 6.8% (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; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Directory of Rural Health
Contact information for people and organizations in Maryland with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Maryland in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/26/2013