Vermont covers 9,250 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 626,630 people – with 411,834 people living in rural Vermont (USDA-ERS). Montpelier is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Burlington, Essex and Colchester. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 95.2% of the state’s population is white, 1.2% is Black/African-American, 1.4% is Asian, and 1.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Vermont Rural Healthcare Facilities

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The state has 8 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (November 2014). There are 15 Rural Health Clinics in Vermont (Kaiser, 2012); 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers providing services at 48 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Vermont

8.0% of Vermont residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Vermont residents in 2013 was $45,483, although rural per-capita income lagged at $44,117. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 13.2% exists in rural Vermont, compared to 10.5% in urban areas of the state. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 9.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 7.4% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Vermont is 4.7% and the rate is 3.7% in urban Vermont (USDA-ERS, 2013).

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


Vermont Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
Phone: 802.951.1259
Provides planning, technical assistance and resources to improve access to health services throughout Vermont. A division of the Vermont Department of Health.
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