Average length of stay in U.S. hospitals in 2017, by state

In 2017, the state of Wyoming had the longest average stay in community hospitals, with a patient staying an average of nine days. Oregon, on the other hand, had the shortest average length of stay in community hospitals with just 4.5 days.

Hospital stays

The percentage of people in the U.S. with one or more hospitals stays in the past year has gradually decreased over the past couple decades. In 2017, around 6.5 percent of the U.S. population had one or more hospital stays in the past year. Females report more hospital stays than males, and unsurprisingly, those aged 65 years and older are much more likely to be hospitalized than younger people.


Just as the percentage of people in the U.S. who have been hospitalized each year has decreased, so has the number of hospitals. In 1975, there were around 7,156 hospitals in the U.S., compared to 5,534 hospitals in the year 2016. Predictably, the number of available hospital beds in the U.S. has also decreased. In 2017, there were 931,203 hospital beds in the United States.

Average length of stay in community hospitals in the U.S. in 2017, by state

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