Vermont covers 9,250 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 626,011 people – with 412,310 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, 95.4% of the state’s population is white, 1.1% is Black/African-American, 1.4% is Asian, and 1.6% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
The state has 8 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). 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).
9.0% of Vermont residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Vermont residents in 2012 was $44,545, although rural per-capita income lagged at $43,125. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 12.5% exists in rural Vermont, compared to 10.7% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 9.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 7.5% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Vermont is 5.4% and the rate is 4.2% in urban Vermont (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
Contact information for people and organizations in Vermont with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Vermont in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 1/8/2014