Rhode Island

Rhode Island covers 1,045 square miles, with a 2014 estimated population of 1,055,173 people (USDA-ERS). Providence is the state capital. The state’s largest cities are Providence, Warwick and Cranston. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 85.6% of the state’s population is white, 7.5% is Black/African-American, and 13.6% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).

Rhode Island Rural Healthcare Facilities

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Rhode Island has zero hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 9/2015). There are no Rural Health Clinics in Rhode Island (Kaiser, 2015), and 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 49 sites in the state (NACHC, 2013).

Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Rhode Island

9.0% of Rhode Island residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2013). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for Rhode Island residents in 2013 was $46,989. Estimates from 2013 indicate a state-wide poverty rate of 14.7%. The ERS reports, based on 2009-2013 ACS data, that 14.8% of the population has not completed high school. The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 7.7% (USDA-ERS, 2014).

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

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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


Rhode Island Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
Promotes continued improvement in the health status of residents in rural Rhode Island. Works to see that all people in Rhode Island have the opportunity to live a safe and healthy life in a safe and healthy community. A division of the Rhode Island Department of Health's Office of Primary Care, Health Disparities and Access to Care Team.
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