North Carolina is a state that embraces you with gorgeous mountains and hills, hundreds of lakes and rivers, waterfalls, and a very desirable climate. North Carolina covers 48,711 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 9,752,073 people – with 2,210,608 people living in rural North Carolina (USDA-ERS). Raleigh is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Charlotte, Raleigh and Greensboro. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.9% of the state’s population is white, 22.0% is Black/African-American, and 8.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 117 hospitals in North Carolina (Kaiser, 2011), 23 of which are identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 86 Rural Health Clinics in North Carolina (Kaiser, 2012) and 28 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 165 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
17.0% of North Carolina residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for North Carolina residents in 2011 was $36,028, although rural per-capita income lagged at $30,034. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 21.9% exists in rural North Carolina, compared to 16.6% in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 21.0% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 14.3% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural North Carolina is 11.0%, while in urban North Carolina it is 9.1% (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: North Carolina
Contact information for people and organizations in North Carolina with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to North Carolina in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 1/15/2014