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Long-term care planners, and insurers, often talk about the terrible shortage of nursing home beds facing the United States. Thereās one problem with that story: Many nursing home managers are having a hard time filling beds.
The overall national nursing home bed occupancy rate fell to 85.9% in the third quarter, from 88.7% a year earlier, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC).Ā The NIC nursing home bed occupancy figure is at the lowest level since mid-2011.
Financial professionals can get market-by-market nursing home bed vacancy data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid.
We used CMS data to find the 15 U.S. cities with the most Medicare and Medicaid nursing home beds. We then used bed number and bed occupancy data to come up with bed vacancy rates. We ranked those big nursing home cities by bed vacancy rate.
For the 15 biggest nursing home cities, the average bed vacancy rate ranges from 7% to 28%.
To see the average vacancy rate for each of the 15 cities, along with the overall national average, see the data cards in the slideshow above.
In all U.S. communities with more than 500 certified beds, the average vacancy rates range from about 0%, in Merced, California, up to 56%, in Costa Mesa, California. The median is about 17%, in Wallingford, Connecticut.