How many people are waiting for a transplant? Who receives organs and what organs are most needed? This section introduces you to the data and connects you to more detailed statistics on the waiting list, transplantation, organ donation, and registration.*
See current data by age, ethnicity, health status, gender, average waiting times, candidates vs. registrants, and more at OPTN Data Reports.
34,770 transplants were performed in 2017 – a new record high for the fifth consecutive year.
For current data reports on transplants performed, including by recipient age, ethnicity, gender, or state, visit the OPTN Data Reports.
In 2017, a total of 42,609 organs were donated. Organ donors can be deceased or living.
For current statistics about deceased and living donors, including age, race/ethnicity, gender, state and more, visit the OPTN Data Reports.
People Registered as Donors in the U.S.
In 2017, more than 138 million people over the age of 18 had registered as organ donors. That's more than half of all U.S. adults. (54 percent)***
(Other donations were authorized by family/next of kin consent.)
Donate Life America Annual Report (PDF - 4.3 MB)
The Organ Procurement and Transplant Network (OPTN) has current, in-depth statistics and data about the waiting list, donors, and transplants. Visit the OPTN site >
*Some statistics in this section are updated annually, and based on latest available reports. Other statistics, such as those from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Data Reports are updated daily.
** Data include deceased and living donors.
*** From: DLA Donor Designation Report update released 3/31/16