Wisconsin, known as "America's Dairyland," is a leader in the production of milk, cheese and other dairy products. The state also has a strong manufacturing sector. Wisconsin is in the Great Lakes region, bordered on the north by Lake Superior and on the east by Lake Michigan. Wisconsin covers 54,310 square miles, with a 2012 estimated population of 5,726,398 people – 1,505,658 living in rural Wisconsin (USDA-ERS). Madison, the capital, is located in the southern region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 88.2% of the state’s population is white, 6.5% is African American/Black, 2.5% is Asian, 1.1% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 6.2% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2012).
There are 125 hospitals in Wisconsin (Kaiser, 2011). The state has 58 hospitals identified by the Flex Monitoring Team as Critical Access Hospitals (June 2013). There are 54 Rural Health Clinics in Wisconsin (Kaiser, 2012), and 16 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 89 sites in the state (Kaiser, 2011).
Most Wisconsinites have some form of health insurance coverage, although 10.0% of the state's residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Wisconsinites in 2011 was $39,574, although rural per-capita income lagged at $34,687. Estimates from 2011 indicate a poverty rate of 13.1% exists in rural Wisconsin, compared to a 13.1% level in urban areas of the state. 2011 ACS data reports that 11.3% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 9.8% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Wisconsin is at 7.5%, while in urban Wisconsin it is at 6.7% (USDA-ERS, 2012).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 Wisconsin with an interest in rural health.
There are more organizations related to Wisconsin in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 4/23/2013