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CANA is committed to gathering accurate and comprehensive cremation statistics to serve the needs of the death care industry and consumers. Our statistics on cremation are regarded as the most reliable and current available today.

For twenty years, CANA has been collecting death and cremation data from state and provincial vital statistics departments or other designated regulatory agencies in the United States and Canada. From these figures, CANA has determined the annual percentage of cremations to deaths, which includes all the states and provinces. CANA has also been able to use these figures to forecast future cremation percentages.

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Annual Growth Rate

The annual growth rate is the difference between the yearly percentages of deaths cremated that are averaged over a five-year period. The table below shows the rates for the United States from 2000 through 2016. 


Top and Bottom States by Percentage

Projection Methodology

In 2016, the US cremation rate was 50.1%. By 2020, the US cremation rate is projected to reach 56.3%.

Given the significant political and recessional changes, a regression analysis was implemented to aid the interpretation of the data. This regression analysis was applied over a ten-year period in states and provinces where such a data set was available.

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