Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 1,050,292 people (USDA-ERS). Providence is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Providence, Warwick and Cranston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 85.9% of the state’s population is white, 7.3% is Black/African-American, and 13.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
Rhode Island has zero hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals. There are no Rural Health Clinics in Rhode Island (Kaiser, 2012), and 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 23 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
12.0% of Rhode Island residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Rhode Island residents in 2012 was $45,877. Estimates from 2012 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 14.2%. 2012 ACS data reports that 15.2% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 10.4% (USDA-ERS, 2012).
* Rhode Island does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, Rhode Island does have pockets of rurality.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: Rhode Island
Contact information for people and organizations in Rhode Island with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Rhode Island in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 1/7/2014