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Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Cremation Rates?

Numerous studies have revealed the cremation rates in some states are far higher than others. Below is an overview of where cremation rates are the highest and lowest right now.
Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Cremation Rates?

The rate of cremation is going up collectively in the U.S., but funeral services are very localized. What’s common in one area of the country can be rare in another. Funeral services are regulated on a state-level, which also affects the options that are available.

States With the Highest Cremation Rates

Where are people more likely to be cremated than buried? It turns out cremation rates are much higher than average on a whole in the western part of the country. According to the latest cremation statistics from the Cremation Association of North America, the states below have the highest rates of cremation.


The state with the highest cremation rate is Nevada. Many people are surprised to find that over 80% of people are cremated. 


Oregon is another West Coast state with a high cremation rate. Currently 78.9% of Oregon residents choose cremation. 


In a state that has approved composting as an alternative to cremation and burial, it’s not surprising to find cremation is more common than burial in Washington. The state’s 2020 cremation rate was 76.7%.  


Over on the other side of the U.S. the cremation rate is almost as high in areas of New England. Maine has the 4th highest cremation rate in the country. Currently, 78.2% of Maine’s residents choose cremation over burial. 

New Hampshire

Right next to Maine in New Hampshire 76.9% of people choose cremation. 

States With the Lowest Cremation Rate

On the other end of the spectrum are the states where burial is still the most common. The south is by far where you’re still more likely to see burial than cremation.


In Mississippi just over a quarter of people are cremated. The cremation rate in 2020 was 27.9%.


Like other areas of the South, the Christian religion is a top factor in which funeral services a person chooses. Only 32.6% of Alabama residents choose cremation in 2020. 


Cremation is on the rise in Kentucky largely because of the increasing burial prices, but the state is still low on the list. Just over a third of people (35.1%) opt for cremation. 


Despite burial concerns related to flooding in some areas, Louisiana has one of the highest burial rates in the country. Only 37.1% of people choose to get cremated in Louisiana. 


In Utah, the Mormon religion heavily influences the funeral services that many people choose. In this state the cremation rate is 

It’s worth noting that cremation is becoming more common, even in the states where rates are the lowest. For example, in 2013 the cremation rate in Mississippi was only 18%, and in Alabama it was just 22%. 

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