New Hampshire covers 8,968 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 1,320,718 people – with 495,857 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, 94.4% of the state’s population is white, 1.4% is Black/African-American, and 3.0% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
The state has 13 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). 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).
11.0% of New Hampshire residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New Hampshire residents in 2012 was $49,129, although rural per-capita income lagged at $45,106. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 11.1% exists in rural New Hampshire, compared to 8.8% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 9.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 8.1% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural areas is 5.1%, while the rate in urban New Hampshire, is 5.8% (USDA-ERS, 2012).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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
Directory of Rural Health
Contacts: New Hampshire
Contact information for people and organizations in New Hampshire with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to New Hampshire in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 12/30/2013