New Jersey covers 7,417 square miles, with a 2014 estimated population of 8,938,175 people (USDA-ERS). Trenton is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Newark, Jersey City and Paterson. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 73.4% of the state’s population is white, 14.7% is Black/African-American, 9.2% is Asian, and 18.9% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).
New Jersey Rural Healthcare Facilities
There are 77 hospitals in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2013). The state has zero hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 4/2015). There are zero Rural Health Clinics in New Jersey (Kaiser, 2015). There are 20 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) with 130 FQHC service delivery sites in the state (NACHC, 2013).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural New Jersey
12.0% percent of New Jersey residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for New Jersey residents in 2013 was $55,386. Estimates from 2013 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 11.4%. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 11.9% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in New Jersey is 6.6% (USDA-ERS, 2014).
* New Jersey does not have any nonmetro counties based on the definitions from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) June 2003 classification. However, New Jersey does have pockets of rurality.For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
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
Provides technical assistance, statewide coordination, information clearinghouse, and recruitment and retention. Works with the New Jersey Primary Care Association.
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