Minnesota is called the land of 10,000 lakes and gets its name from the Dakota word “minisota,” meaning “water that reflects the sky.” Minnesota covers 79,610 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 5,379,139 people - 1,238,758 living in rural Minnesota (USDA-ERS). Saint Paul, the state capital, is located in the southern region of the state. The largest cities are Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington, Duluth and Rochester. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 86.5% of the state’s population is white, 5.5% is Black/African-American, 1.3% is American Indian, 4.4% is Asian, and 4.9% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 132 hospitals in Minnesota (Kaiser, 2011), 84 of which are located in rural areas (North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center, Dec. 2008). The state has 79 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are also 83 Rural Health Clinics in Minnesota (Kaiser, 2012), and 17 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 74 sites in the state (MNACHC, 2012). Most Minnesotans have some form of health insurance coverage, although 9.0% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011).
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Minnesotans in 2012 was $46,925, although rural per-capita income lagged at $41,301. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 12.2% exists in rural Minnesota, compared to a 11.1% level in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 10.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 7.4% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Minnesota is at 6.0% while in urban Minnesota it is at 5.5% (USDA-ERS, 2012).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
U.S. Census Bureau: State & County Quick Facts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Minnesota Association for Community Health Centers
Directory of Rural Health
Contact information for people and organizations in Minnesota with an interest in rural health.
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Last Reviewed: 11/19/2013