U.S. regions with the oldest hospital facilities
Hospital construction and renovation projects improve the physical settings of healthcare facilities and expand service capabilities.
This Healthcare Insights report analyzes hospital age by Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) to understand which regions of the country are more likely to have aging healthcare buildings and where there might be potential for hospital construction projects.
The average age of facility metric is a proprietary calculation in our in HospitalView product that is based on total depreciation and depreciation expenses from the Medicare Cost Report.
Top 25 CBSAs with oldest hospital buildings
|CBSA||Average age of facilities (years)||Number of hospitals|
|46540 - Utica-Rome NY||27.5||7|
|12620 - Bangor ME||27.0||6|
|44700 - Stockton CA||26.5||11|
|47260 - Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC||26.2||34|
|38660 - Ponce PR||26.0||6|
|31420 - Macon-Bibb County GA||24.7||8|
|14100 - Bloomsburg-Berwick PA||24.0||7|
|33660 - Mobile AL||21.9||11|
|46520 - Urban Honolulu HI||21.6||18|
|43780 - South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI||21.5||12|
|45940 - Trenton-Princeton NJ||21.3||8|
|13220 - Beckley WV||21.0||6|
|40380 - Rochester NY||20.9||16|
|17980 - Columbus GA-AL||20.8||12|
|47380 - Waco TX||20.7||8|
|38900 - Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA||20.5||27|
|40220 - Roanoke VA||20.5||7|
|31740 - Manhattan KS||19.9||7|
|33460 - Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI||19.6||47|
|35300 - New Haven-Milford CT||19.0||17|
|14540 - Bowling Green KY||18.9||6|
|36837 - Ottawa IL||18.8||6|
|36540 - Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA||18.7||28|
|20500 - Durham-Chapel Hill NC||18.3||20|
|48540 - Wheeling WV-OH||18.3||11|
|36300 - Ogdensburg-Massena NY||18.2||6|
Fig. 1 Data is from the Definitive Healthcare HospitalView product. Average facility age is a proprietary calculation based on figures from the Medicare Cost Report. CBSAs with more than five reported facility ages included in analysis. Data accurate as of July 2022.
Utica-Rome, New York, CBSA 46540, has the highest average age of hospital facilities at nearly 28 years. Bangor, Maine area hospital buildings are on average 27 years old. And Stockton, California has 11 hospitals that average 26.5 years old.
What is the average age of a U.S. hospital building?
The average age of U.S. hospital buildings is 13.3 years, according to data from more than 5,200 hospitals tracked in HospitalView. The ages of hospitals range from one year to nearly 73 years.
What is the lifespan of a hospital building?
Less than 15% of U.S. hospital buildings are over 20 years old, and less than 6% are over 30 years old, meaning a hospital building’s lifespan is usually 20 to 30 years.
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