Nevada is a land of vast open plains, sheep, cattle, spectacular deserts and magnificent mountains. It is home to more than 50 percent of the Nation's wild horses. Nevada attracted early settlers during the mining boom with the discovery of one of the largest silver lodes in the world at Comstock Mine. Mining still continues for gold, silver, copper, and other minerals and gems. Today Nevada attracts tourists from all over the world to its scenic resort areas and gambling casinos. Nevada covers 110,567 square miles, with a 2014 estimated population of 2,839,099 people – 270,906 living in rural Nevada (USDA-ERS). Carson City, the capital, is located in the western region of the state. The state’s largest cities are Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson and North Las Vegas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 76.7% of the state’s population is white, 9.0% is African American/Black, 8.1% is Asian, 1.6% is American Indian & Alaska Native, and 27.5% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Nevada Rural Healthcare Facilities

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There are 38 hospitals in Nevada (Kaiser, 2013), 13 of which are located in rural areas (North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center, Dec. 2008). The state has 11 hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 9/2015). There are 12 Rural Health Clinics in Nevada (CMS, 2015), and 3 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 26 sites in the state (NACHC, 2013).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Nevada

Most Nevadans have some form of health insurance coverage, although 20.0% of its residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Nevadans in 2013 was $39,235, although rural per-capita income rose above at $42,055. Estimates from 2013 indicate a poverty rate of 13.2% exists in rural Nevada, compared to a 16.1% level in urban areas of the state. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 14.2% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 15.5% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Nevada is at 7.7%, while in urban Nevada it is at 7.8% (USDA-ERS, 2014).

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

Data Sources
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Rural Health Clinic List; 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


Nevada State Office of Rural Health
Provides technical assistance activities to rural communities through workshops, dissemination of information, and recruitment and retention of health care practitioners. A division of the Center for Education and Health Services Outreach at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.
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