How many hospitals are in each state?

The list below includes the number of active hospitals across each state in the U.S. If you’re selling into hospitals, this healthcare commercial intelligence can help you understand the healthcare landscape and make more strategic decisions in the market.  

The number of hospitals in the U.S. by state  

Fig 1 Data is from Definitive Healthcare’s Hospitals &IDN database. The number of facilities represents only those hospitals listed as “active” in the Definitive Healthcare database as of January 2022. Accessed February 1, 2022.  

Total number of hospitals in each state in the U.S.  

There are a total of 8,214 hospitals in the United States. Texas, California and Florida rank among the top three with 915, 553 and 372 hospitals respectively. At the bottom of the list are Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington D.C., with only 19, 18 and 16 in their areas.  

By looking at U.S. census data, we can see that there may be a direct correlation between the number of people living in a certain state and the number of active hospitals serving those communities. According to the Census, the top three states with the most hospitals are also the most populous. Washington D.C. and the two states with the least number of hospitals are also ranked among the least populated states in the country.  

Total number of hospitals by type 

Rank 

Hospital Type 

Total Number of Facilities 

Short-term acute care hospital 

4,378 

Critical access hospital 

1,408 

Psychiatric hospital 

911 

Long-term acute care hospital 

569 

Rehabilitation hospital 

439 

Children’s hospital 

276 

VA hospital 

169 

Department of Defense hospital 

44 

Religious non-medical healthcare institution 

20 

When most people picture a hospital, it’s likely they’re thinking of a short-term acute care hospital. Patients who require a short-term hospital stay for recovery following a surgical procedure or care following a sudden injury or sickness are treated here.  

Conversely, long-term acute care hospitals specialize in the treatment of patients with serious medical conditions that require care on an ongoing basis. These facilities typically manage patients who require more care than they can receive from a rehabilitation center or skilled nursing facility.  

A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a special facility designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is given to eligible hospitals located in rural areas. These institutions usually have fewer than 25 inpatient beds and maintain an average stay of 96 hours or less.  

Children’s hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and rehabilitation hospitals are considered specialty hospitals due to the specific patient populations they serve and the specialized care they provide.  

Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are facilities that provide care for people who served in the active military, naval or air service and were discharged with a rating of Honorable or General under Honorable Conditions. 

Department of Defense hospitals, also known as military hospitals or military treatment facilities, are owned and operated by the U.S. armed forces. Their services are often reserved for active-duty members of the military and their dependents.  

Religious non-medical healthcare institutions are facilities that provide nonmedical care and services to people in need but who choose to rely upon a religious method of healing because they feel that acceptance of medical services would be inconsistent with their religious beliefs. Patients receive nonmedical services such as assistance with daily living, nutrition and comfort.  

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