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West Virginia

West Virginia covers 24,078 square miles, with a 2013 estimated population of 1,854,304 people – with 714,605 people living in rural West Virginia (USDA-ERS). Charleston is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 94.0% of the state’s population is white, 3.5% is Black/African-American, and 1.3% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).

West Virginia Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 55 hospitals in West Virginia (Kaiser, 2011), 19 of which are identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 50 Rural Health Clinics in West Virginia (Kaiser, 2012) and 27 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 174 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural West Virginia

14.0% of West Virginia residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for West Virginia residents in 2012 was $35,082, although rural per-capita income lagged at $32,487. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 19.8% exists in rural West Virginia, compared to 16.8% in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 19.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 14.6% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural West Virginia is 8.1%, while in urban West Virginia, it is 6.9% (USDA-ERS, 2012).

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

Contacts

West Virginia Division of Rural Health & Recruitment
Phone: 304.558.0644
Serves as the focal point for rural health issues in West Virginia. Addresses rural health care needs by planning and developing policy, providing technical assistance and managing statewide coordination of rural health activities. A division of the WV Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion.
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Last Reviewed: 5/10/2012

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