Massachusetts covers 7,840 square miles, with a 2012 population estimate of 6,646,144 people - 98,879 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.
There are 79 hospitals in Massachusetts (Kaiser, 2011). The state has three hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). 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.
Directory of Rural Health
Contact information for people and organizations in Massachusetts with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Massachusetts in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/30/2013