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
There are 83 hospitals in Massachusetts (Kaiser, 2012). The state has 3 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 11/2014). There is one Rural Health Clinic in Massachusetts (CMS, 2015) and 36 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 299 sites in the state (NACHC, 2013).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; 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; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
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.
There are more organizations related to Massachusetts in the organizations section.