Study: Rural Residents Travel about Twice as Far to Hospital on Average

Rural Americans live an average 10.5 miles or 17 minutes from the nearest hospital, according to a new analysis by the Pew Research Center. That’s about twice as far and five to seven minutes longer than people in suburban and urban areas, respectively, with the quarter of rural Americans with the longest times averaging 34 minutes. “These findings come amid a wave of rural hospital closures in recent years that have raised concerns about access to health care,” the authors note.

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