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, 95.4% 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
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Last Reviewed: 1/8/2014