Number of organ donors in the U.S. by age 2019

Those aged 35 to 49 years account for the largest portion of organ donors in the United States. Organs can be donated for transplantation from both living and deceased donors depending on the organ. Although the number of organ donors has increased over the years there are still thousands of candidates waiting for an organ donation.

Organ donors in the U.S.

In 2018, there were over 17,500 organ donors in the United States, compared to just below 6,000 in the year 1988. The states where people are most likely to become designated organ donors included Colorado, Michigan, and Arkansas. Kidneys are the most recovered organ from donors, followed by the liver and heart.

Organ transplantation

In 2018, there were over 36,500 organ transplants in the U.S. Heart transplants are still much less common than other organ transplants, but this type of transplantation has increased over the years. The average length of stay in the hospital following a heart transplantation is the longest for any organ transplantation. The average heart transplant patient stays in the hospital almost 49 days following the procedure, compared to just 7 days for kidney transplant patients.

Number of organ donors in the United States in 2019, by age group

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September 2019


United States

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* As of September 25, 2019

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