Number of candidates on organ waiting list in the U.S. by age group 2019

The age group with the largest number of individuals on the transplant waiting list in the U.S. in September 2019 was those aged 50-64 years. This age group had 49,303 patients waiting to receive transplants at that time. There is an extensive need for organ donations in the United States.

Organ donations

In the U.S. deceased donors can donate kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, pancreas and intestines. Living donors can donate one kidney, one lung or a portion of the liver, pancreas or intestine. Livers are one of the most frequently transplanted organs, followed by the kidneys. The most active kidney transplant centers in the United States are the UCLA Medical Center and Jackson Memorial with 366 patients per year. Organs were donated mostly from middle-aged U.S. adults. Among all age groups, those aged 35 to 49 years had the highest number of organ donors in 2019.

Waiting lists

The number of organ donors in the U.S. has increased dramatically since 1988. Despite such a dramatic increase in the number of donors, there is still a great need among U.S. patients. As of 2019, the organ with the most patients waiting for transplants in the U.S. was kidneys, followed by livers. Over 100 thousand patients were in need of a kidney at that time.

Number of candidates on organ donation waiting list in the United States as of September 2019, by age group*

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Release date

September 2019


United States

Survey time period

as of September 25, 2019

Supplementary notes

* A candidate is a patient who is waiting at more than one center, or for multiple organs, would be counted as only one candidate.

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