New York covers 47,214 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 19,570,261 people – with 1,413,524 people living in rural New York (USDA-ERS). Albany is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are New York, Buffalo and Rochester. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.2% of the state’s population is white, 17.5% is Black/African-American, 8.0% is Asian, and 18.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 182 hospitals in New York (Kaiser, 2011), with 14 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 10 Rural Health Clinics in New York (Kaiser, 2012), and 52 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 484 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
14.0% percent of New York residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New York residents in 2012 was $53,241, although rural per-capita income lagged at $36,245. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 16.1% exists in rural New York, compared to 16.0% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 13.4% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 15.3% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural New York is 9.1%, and in urban New York it is 8.5% (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
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Contacts: New York
Contact information for people and organizations in New York with an interest in rural health.
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Last Reviewed: 3/3/2014