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New Jersey

New Jersey covers 7,417 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 8,899,339 people (USDA-ERS). Trenton is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Newark, Jersey City and Paterson. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 73.4% of the state’s population is white, 14.7% is Black/African-American, 9.2% is Asian, and 18.9% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

New Jersey Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 73 hospitals in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2011). The state has zero hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are zero Rural Health Clinics in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2012). There are 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with 109 FQHC service delivery sites (Kaiser, 2011) in the state.

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Jersey

16.0% percent of New Jersey residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New Jersey residents in 2012 was $54,987. Estimates from 2012 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 10.8%. 2012 ACS data from reports that 12.1% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in New Jersey is 8.2% (USDA-ERS, 2013).

* New Jersey does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, New Jersey does have pockets of rurality.

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 Jersey State Office of Rural Health
Provides technical assistance, statewide coordination, information clearinghouse, and recruitment and retention. Works with the New Jersey Primary Care Association.
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Last Reviewed: 3/18/2014

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