Delaware covers 1,954 square miles, with a 2014 estimated population of 935,614 people (USDA-ERS). Dover is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Wilmington, Dover and Newark. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 71.1% of the state’s population is white, 22.1% is Black/African American, and 8.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Delaware Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 7 hospitals in Delaware (Kaiser, 2013). The state has no hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 4/2015). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in Delaware (Kaiser, 2015), and 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 13 sites in the state (NACHC, 2013).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Delaware

7.0% of Delaware residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Delaware residents in 2013 was $44,815. Estimates from 2013 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 12.8%. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 12.3% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in Delaware is 5.7% (USDA-ERS, 2014).

* Delaware does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, Delaware does have pockets of rurality.

For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.

Data Sources
Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets


Delaware Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Part of the Delaware Division of Public Health. Collects and disseminates rural health information across the state. Coordinates rural health interests and activities statewide.
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