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Where Cost of Dying is Highest in the U.S.

The cost of dying is at an all-time high, but it really depends on the state where you live. Here’s a look at the states with the highest and lowest cost.
Where Dying is the Most Expensive in the U.S.
Where Dying is the Most Expensive in the U.S.

Each year the cost of dying goes up a little more. Funeral services continue to get more expensive across the board, and in some places the increase is higher than inflation. 

In recent years a few studies have been done to analyze deathcare data across the U.S. The statistics were broken down by state revealing the states with the highest and lowest cost of dying. If you live in one of the states below you’re either taking on a bigger financial burden or getting more affordable funeral services than the average American. 

States With the Highest and Lowest Cost of Dying

Where are people paying the most for funeral services? Which state is the cheapest to die in? Let’s see what some of the latest analysis on funeral costs in the U.S. found.

States With the Highest Cost of Dying

Hawaii tops the list with an average funeral cost of $13,435 for a burial and $11,212 for cremation.

The most expensive place to die on the East Coast is Massachusetts. The average funeral with a burial is going to cost over $11,800, and a cremation costs $10,596.

Most things cost more out on the Gold Coast, and funeral services are no exception. In California funeral services cost around $9,000 on average with burial being much more expensive at $10,021 compared to $8,361 for cremation. 

New York
With an average burial cost of $10,982 and average cremation cost of $10,127, New York is the fourth most expensive state to die in.

Rounding out the top five states with the highest funeral costs is Maryland. You can expect to pay around $9,680 for burial and $8,774 for cremation. 

States With the Lowest Cost of Dying

Residents of Mississippi have a low cost of living and the lowest cost of dying in the country. Funeral services with a burial cost $6,144 on average while cremations are just $5,395.

While the overall average for funeral services is the lowest in Mississippi, Wyoming is where you can get the cheapest cremation. Wyoming residents pay $5,219 on average for cremation and $6,314.

Cremation might not be as common in Alabama as it is in other states, but you’ll get one of the best rates here. On average cremation services cost $5,499

Various research studies have found that Oklahoma is all-around less expensive for funeral services than most states. With an average burial cost of $6,359 and average cremation cost of $5,553, Oklahoma residents pay far less than people in Hawaii. 

New Mexico
You’ll pay less than average for both burial and cremation in New Mexico. The average burial cost is $6,461 and cremation is $5,341 on average. 

Of course, all of the average costs above include funeral services in addition to the burial or cremation. With direct cremation the cost is greatly reduced. At Direct Cremate we offer direct cremation services for just $545. Call or text to learn what the service includes or to arrange a direct cremation.