New Hampshire

New Hampshire covers 8,968 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 1,323,459 people – with 495,747 people living in rural New Hampshire (USDA-ERS). Concord is that state capital. The state’s largest cities are Manchester, Nashua and Concord. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 94.2% of the state’s population is white, 1.5% is Black/African-American, and 3.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

New Hampshire Rural Healthcare Facilities

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The state has 13 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (November 2014). There are 12 Rural Health Clinics in New Hampshire (Kaiser, 2012), and 10 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 33 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Hampshire

11.0% of New Hampshire residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New Hampshire residents in 2013 was $51,013, although rural per-capita income lagged at $47,366. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 10.4% exists in rural New Hampshire, compared to 8.1% in urban areas of the state. The ERS, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 8.9% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 7.7% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural areas is 4.9%, while the rate in urban New Hampshire, is 5.5% (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


New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care Section
Phone: 603.271.4741
Offers technical assistance to rural health care providers and organizations, supports clinician recruitment and retention efforts, and disseminates healthcare related information to rural healthcare stakeholders. A division of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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