Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals, 2020

The American Hospital Association conducts an annual survey of hospitals in the United States. The data below, published in 2020, are a sample from the 2018 AHA Annual Survey (FY 2018).

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Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals, 2020

The American Hospital Association conducts an annual survey of hospitals in the United States. The data below, from the 2018 AHA Annual Survey, are a sample of what you will find in AHA Hospital Statistics, 2020 edition. The definitive source for aggregate hospital data and trend analysis, AHA Hospital Statistics includes current and historical data on utilization, personnel, revenue, expenses, managed care contracts, community health indicators, physician models, and much more.

AHA Hospital Statistics is published annually by Health Forum, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association. To order print copies of AHA Hospital Statistics, call (800) AHA-2626 or visit the AHA online store. An interactive online version is also available. Subscribers can access online.

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Total Number of All U.S. Hospitals


Number of U.S. Community 1 Hospitals


Number of Nongovernment Not-for-Profit Community Hospitals


Number of Investor-Owned (For-Profit) Community Hospitals


Number of State and Local Government Community Hospitals


Number of Federal Government Hospitals


Number of Nonfederal Psychiatric Hospitals


Other 2 Hospitals




Total Staffed Beds in All U.S. Hospitals


Staffed Beds in Community 1 Hospitals


Total Admissions in All U.S. Hospitals


Admissions in Community 1 Hospitals


Total Expenses for All U.S. Hospitals


Expenses for Community 1 Hospitals




Number of Rural CommunityHospitals


Number of Urban CommunityHospitals




Number of Community Hospitals in a System 3


1. Community hospitals are defined as all nonfederal, short-term general, and other special hospitals. Other special hospitals include obstetrics and gynecology; eye, ear, nose, and throat; long term acute-care; rehabilitation; orthopedic; and other individually described specialty services. Community hospitals include academic medical centers or other teaching hospitals if they are nonfederal short-term hospitals.  Excluded are hospitals not accessible by the general public, such as prison hospitals or college infirmaries.

2. Other hospitals include nonfederal long term care hospitals and hospital units within an institution such as a prison hospital or school infirmary. Long term care hospitals may be defined by different methods; here they include other hospitals with an average length of stay of 30 or more days.

3. System is defined by AHA as either a multihospital or a diversified single hospital system. A multihospital system is two or more hospitals owned, leased, sponsored, or contract managed by a central organization. Single, freestanding hospitals may be categorized as a system by bringing into membership three or more, and at least 25 percent, of their owned or leased non-hospital preacute or postacute health care organizations. System affiliation does not preclude network participation.

© 2020 by Health Forum LLC, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association

Updated January 2020

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