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

CBSAAverage age of facilities (years)Number of hospitals
46540 - Utica-Rome NY27.57
12620 - Bangor ME27.06
44700 - Stockton CA26.511
47260 - Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport   News VA-NC26.234
38660 - Ponce PR26.06
31420 - Macon-Bibb County GA24.78
14100 - Bloomsburg-Berwick PA24.07
33660 - Mobile AL21.911
46520 - Urban Honolulu HI21.618
43780 - South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI21.512
45940 - Trenton-Princeton NJ21.38
13220 - Beckley WV21.06
40380 - Rochester NY20.916
17980 - Columbus GA-AL20.812
47380 - Waco TX20.78
38900 - Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro   OR-WA20.527
40220 - Roanoke VA20.57
31740 - Manhattan KS19.97
33460 - Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington   MN-WI19.647
35300 - New Haven-Milford CT19.017
14540 - Bowling Green KY18.96
36837 - Ottawa IL18.86
36540 - Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA18.728
20500 - Durham-Chapel Hill NC18.320
48540 - Wheeling WV-OH18.311
36300 - Ogdensburg-Massena NY18.26

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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