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U.S. hospital occupancy rate 1975-2017

In 2017, the occupancy rate of hospitals in the U.S. stood at 65.9 percent. Hospitals are a cornerstone of health services in any country and also contribute considerably to the economy. Nevertheless, the number of hospitals in the U.S. has decreased in recent years.

Number of hospitals

In 2016, there were around 5,534 hospitals in operation in the U.S., compared to 6,291 hospitals in the year 1995. There has been a decline in the number of hospitals in the U.S. starting as far back as the 1970s, despite a growing overall population and increasing elderly population. The highest number of hospitals are non-profit, while a smaller proportion are for-profit or state/government hospitals.

Economic impact

Hospitals contribute to an economy in many ways. In 2016, this total contribution in the U.S. was around 2.97 trillion dollars. At that time, hospitals contributed just over one trillion dollars in wages and salaries. As of 2018, there were an estimated 7.1 million people employed in hospitals across the United States.

Hospital occupancy rate in the U.S. from 1975 to 2017

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Release date

September 2018


United States

Survey time period

1975 to 2017

Supplementary notes

Data are based on reporting by a census of hospitals. This statistic was assembled from several editions of "Health, United States".
Estimated percentage of staffed beds that are occupied. Occupancy rate is calculated as the average daily census (from the American Hospital Association) divided by the number of hospital beds.
* Calculated based on and added from AHA Hospital statistics, page 8.

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