Cremation Rate Update

The National Funeral Directors Association and the Cremation Association of North American have recently released cremation rates in each of the 50 states for 2015 and projected cremation rates for the next decade or so.

NFDA’s data indicates that the cremation rate in the United States in 2015 was 47.9%.

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CANA’s estimate is slightly higher than NFDA’s – 48.6% in 2015.

Keep in mind that the first crematory was installed in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1876 but 100 years later, the cremation rate was still under 10%.  In 2000, the cremation rate was approximately 26%.

CANA projects that by 2020, the cremation rate in the United States will rise to 54.3%.


By 2030, NFDA projects the cremation rate will rise to 71.3% and 15 states will have cremation rates over 80%.  This is a radically disruptive change in behavior in a short period of time and the impact is being felt and will continue to be felt in the funeral industry and the cemetery industry.

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CANA reports that the top 10 states with the highest percentage of cremations in 2014 were:

Nevada 75.9%

Washington 75.5%

Oregon 74.1%

Hawaii 72.6%

Maine 71.1%

Montana 70.6%

Colorado 68.4%

New Hampshire 68.0%

Wyoming 66.4%

Vermont 66.3%


The states with the lowest cremation rates in the United States in 2014, according to CANA:

Mississippi 19.7%

Alabama 24.3%

Kentucky 24.6%

Louisiana 27.6%

Tennessee 29.4%


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