The nine U.S Census Bureau Census Divisions1 (New England, Middle Atlantic, East North Central, West North Central, South Atlantic, East South Central, West South Central, Mountain, Pacific) are the geographical areas represented in the NIS.
- Division 1 (New England): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut
- Division 2 (Mid-Atlantic): New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
- Division 3 (East North Central): Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio
- Division 4 (West North Central): Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa
- Division 5 (South Atlantic): Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
- Division 6 (East South Central) Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama
- Division 7 (West South Central) Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana
- Division 8 (Mountain) Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
- Division 9 (Pacific) Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii
Beginning with the 2012 NIS, hospital state (HOSPST) is no longer available, and the NIS is stratified by Census Divisions rather than Census Regions.
1 U.S. Census Bureau. Census Bureau Regions and Divisions with State FIPS Codes. http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/pdfs/reference/us_regdiv.pdf. Accessed November 5, 2013.