Number of hospitals in the U.S. 2010-2018, by ownership

In 2018, there were around 5,198 community hospitals in the United States. The largest portion of these hospitals were non-profit, while only around 1,296 were for-profit. In recent years, there has been a decrease in the number of hospitals in the U.S.

Hospital beds

There are currently around 924,100 hospital beds in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, just as the number of hospitals in the U.S. has decreased in recent years, so has the number of hospital beds. In 1995, there were over one million hospital beds. In 2018, large hospitals, those with 500 or more beds, had a combined 242,000 beds available.

Hospital stays

In 2017, around 6.5 percent of the U.S. population reported one or more hospitals stays in the past year. Hospital stays are more common among females than males, however both genders have seen decreasing rates in hospital stays in the past few years. The average length of stay in U.S. hospitals is 5.4 days.

Number of hospitals in the United States from 2010 to 2018, by ownership type*

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Data are for community hospitals, which represent around 85% of all hospitals. Federal hospitals, long term care hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, institutions for the mentally retarded, and alcoholism and other chemical dependency hospitals are not included. Figures may not sum to totals due to rounding.
This statistic was assembled from several AHA hospital updates.

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