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Organ Donation Statistics

How many people are waiting for a transplant? Who receives organs, and what organs are most needed? Explore data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

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The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network maintains the national database of information about the candidate waiting list and transplant surgeries. You can build a custom report on their website to learn more about organ transplantation in the U.S.

Looking for more statistics? The Organ Donation and Transplantation Dashboard from the HRSA Data Warehouse displays end of year, national-level data and yearly trends.

Learn More About Organ Transplantation by the Numbers

There are currently over 106,000 people on the national transplant waiting list. Like America, the list is diverse – it includes people of every age, ethnicity, and gender. You can learn more about the numbers and see specific statistical breakdowns with Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network National Data

Organs People are Waiting for, As of September 2021

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Waiting List by Age, As of September 2021

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Shared ethnicity is NOT a requirement for matching organ donors and recipients. Matches between donors and recipients of different ethnicities are very common.

Still, a more diverse donor registry gives ethnic minorities on the transplant waiting list a better chance to find a good donor match. Because the immune system markers used to match organ donors and recipients are inherited, people with rare markers are more likely to match someone from a similar ethnic background. Learn more about matching.

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According to a sample of the U.S. population, 90% of adults support organ donation but only 60% are actually signed up as donors. Source: 2019 National Survey of Organ Donation Attitudes and Practices.

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You’re never too old to save lives as a donor. One U.S. man gave the gift of life –and a liver – when he was 95 years old.

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Some people choose to make a difference as living donors and donate certain organs or tissues while they’re still alive. Learn more about living donation.

As of 2020, 169 million people in the U.S. have registered as donors.

Not everyone who registers as a donor is able to donate. In fact, only 3 in 1,000 people die in a way that allows for deceased organ donation. That’s why more willing donors are needed.

Learn more about the deceased donation process, and secure your chance to save lives by signing up to be a donor.

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