Michigan is surrounded by four of the Great Lakes and has the longest shoreline in the continental United States. The state's name is taken from the Indian word “Michigama,” meaning great or large lake. It is the only state made up of two peninsulas, the lower "Mitten" and the Upper Peninsula, or U.P. Michigan covers 56,804 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 9,895,622 people – 1,803,699 living in rural Michigan (USDA-ERS). Lansing, the capital, is located in the middle of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. The state’s largest cities are Detroit, Grand Rapids and Warren. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 80.1% of the state’s population is white, 14.3% is African-American/Black, 2.7% is Asian, and 4.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Michigan Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 151 hospitals in Michigan (Kaiser, 2012). The state has 35 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (November 2014). There are 172 Rural Health Clinics in Michigan (Kaiser, 2012), and 29 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 158 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Michigan

Most Michiganians have some form of health insurance coverage, although 11.0% of the state's residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Michiganians in 2013 was $39,055, although rural per-capita income lagged at $33,548. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 17.2% exists in rural Michigan, compared to a 17.0% level in urban areas of the state. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 11.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 11.0% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Michigan is at 9.6% while in urban Michigan it is at 8.6% (USDA-ERS, 2013).

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

Data Sources
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


Michigan Center for Rural Health
Phone: 517.355.7979
Email: mcrhaa@hc.msu.edu
Serves as the Michigan State Office of Rural Health and the Michigan State Rural Health Association. Coordinates resources and activities statewide, collects and disseminates information concerning rural health issues, promotes recruitment and retention of health professionals, and strengthens state/local/federal partnerships. Sponsors the Rural EMS Leadership Academy. Maintains maps and lists of CAHs and RHCs.
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