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What Percent Of Elderly People Live In Nursing Homes? Plus Over 101 Nursing Home Statistics! (May 2024)

Written By Licensed Agent Sa ElJanuary 25, 2023

Last year was an especially rough time for nursing homes because over 40% of all reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the entire U.S. happened in a nursing home. That’s a huge number when you consider that only about 1.5 million people live in nursing homes in America.  And according to the Associated Press, for every two COVID-19 victims in long-term care, there is another who died prematurely of other causes.In this post, you will discover how many people live in nursing homes, how covid-19 deaths are affecting nursing homes, the number of nursing homes in America, and over 101 additional nursing home stats.

Top Nursing Home Statistics:

  • In 2020 over 40% of all reported Coronavirus (COVID-19) deaths in the U.S. happened in a nursing home.
  • COVID-19 is responsible for the deaths of over 107,107 nursing home residents
  • Around 1,340 nursing home staff members have died from the Coronavirus.
  • Only 0.46% (roughly 1.5 million) people live in nursing homes in America.
  • Around 0.21% (1 million) of elderly adults live in assisted living facilities in the U.S.
  • The average age of a nursing home resident is 81.1 years old.
  • There are 15,600 nursing homes in America.
  • There are over 1.7 million licensed nursing beds inside of nursing homes. 
  • 835 days is the average stay in a nursing home.
  • 5 Months Is the average nursing home stay before death.

U.S. Nursing Home Population Statistics & Facts

What Percent Of Elderly People Live In Nursing Homes?


Only 0.46% (roughly 1.5 million) people live in nursing homes in America, while about 1 million elderly (0.26%) live in assisted living facilities. Women account for a whopping 70% of all nursing home residents, while men only make up only 30%. 

Key Statistics:


  • Only 0.46% (roughly 1.5 million) people live in nursing homes in America.
  • Around 0.21% (1 million) of elderly adults live in assisted living facilities in the U.S.
  • Women account for a whopping 70% of all nursing home residents.
  • Men only make up 30% of nursing home residents.
  • Between 1992 - 2009, admissions to skilled nursing facilities increased from 28 to 80 per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries.
  • In 2012 only 1.3 million Americans lived in nursing homes
  • 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 85 lived in a nursing home in 1990.
  • Around 5 Million senior citizens utilize home health care
  • Some 730,000 older adults are in assisted living facilities
  • 1 in 9 people age 85 or older lived in institutions in 2010
  • Private pay prices for a private or semi-private room grew by 4% to 4.5% per year between 2002 & 2012
  • The number of Americans age 65 and older that will require nursing home care will increase by up to 75% by year 2030.
  • On average a nursing home has 87 residents on any given day.
  • As of 2017 two-thirds of Americans living in a nursing home rely on Medicaid to pay for their care.

How Many People Die In Nursing Homes Each Year?


It was estimated that by 2020 40% of U.S. residents would die in a nursing home; however, due to covid-19, that rate has drastically changed. The Associated Press estimates that for every two COVID-19 victims in long-term care, there is another who died prematurely of other causes

Key Statistics:


  • 40% of U.S. residents are expected to die in a nursing home by 2020
  • 65% of people who entered a nursing home passed away within one year of admission.
  • For every two coronavirus victims in long-term care, there is another who died prematurely of other causes.

What Are The Leading Causes Of Nursing Home Deaths?


Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of death in a nursing home; this stat could change if things stay the same or worsen with covid-19 deaths inside nursing homes. 

In a study conducted for 6 months by Science Direct, 39 of their patients passed away in a nursing facility.  The primary causes of death were: 

Cause Of Death

Percentage

Alzheimer's/Dementia 

36% (14 People)

Cardiac/Cerebrovascular 

30% (9 People)

Pulmonary

23% (3 People)

Hematologic And Other Malignancies

7% (2 People)

Top 10 Nursing Home Populations By State, Race, & Ethnicity


State

American Indian Or Alaska Native

Asian

Black, not Hispanic origin

Hispanic or Latino

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

White, not hispanic orgin

More Than One Race

California

0.3%

10.2%

11%

18%

0.4%

58.8%

1.2%

Florida

0.1%

0.5%

15.9%

10.7%

0.1%

72.3%

0.3%

Illinois

0.1%

1.6%

17.7%

3.8%

0.1%

76.4%

0.3%

Massachusetts

0.1%

1.3%

5.3%

2.8%

0.1%

90.3%

0.2%

Michagan

0.2%

0.3%

16.8%

0.9%

0%

81.6%

0.1%

New Jersey

0.1%

2.6%

17.3%

7.4%