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Massachusetts covers 7,840 square miles, with a 2013 population estimate of 6,692,824 people - 98,876 of which live in rural areas (USDA-ERS). The eastern part of the state is mostly urban and suburban comprised of the City of Boston, the surrounding metro-Boston area, and a number of secondary and their surrounding areas. However, rural communities are located in central and western Massachusetts except for the immediate areas of Worcester and Springfield and in the coastal areas of the southeastern part of the state.

Massachusetts Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 79 hospitals in Massachusetts (Kaiser, 2011). The state has three hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (February 2014). There is one Rural Health Clinic in Massachusetts (Kaiser, 2012) and 36 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 234 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).

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

Data Sources
USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List


Massachusetts Office of Rural Health
A component of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which collects and disseminates information on rural health; coordinates resources and activities within rural communities; provides technical assistance for planning and development; strengthens local, state, and federal partnerships; and administers the Massachusetts Rural Hospital Flex and the SHIP programs.
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Last Reviewed: 12/30/2013

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