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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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Cremation Growth Trends: Speed and Velocity

In order to better understand what factors affect the disparate growth rate of cremation in North America, CANA did some in-depth geographic and demographic research. Our projections show that the national cremation growth rate is reaching its peak velocity and will begin to slow, but cremation rates will continue to grow across most of the country. Some regions are just now entering a period of rapid growth, while others may have already reached saturation. We’ve found that states generally demonstrate a geographic clustering effect, suggesting that what started as individual preference became the norm in the community and heralded a cultural shift to a new tradition: cremation. Cremation will continue to be popular because it is “what we do now.”

CANA’s second step was to look at the speed at which cremation rates grow. While it can take decades for the cremation rate to hit 5%—in the U.S. it took nearly 100 years—when it reaches 5%, the growth rate is more predictable and steady. There is no evidence that this trend will change or reverse, barring the introduction of a new form of disposition. We are currently in a period of rapid growth that will peak around 60% and then begin to slow until it reaches an eventual plateau.

CANA Cremation Rate Infographic

Identifying Demographic Traits

Why are people choosing cremation in the first place? CANA research models demographic traits that correlate strongly with cremation rates. More of the U.S. population has chosen to roam across the country and around the world. Many have loosened their connections to their geographic origins and increased their exposure to new traditions. Conversely, there are significant portions of the population who are rooted to their hometowns and remain deeply connected to the traditions they grew up with.

The graphic below tells an interesting story of demographic factors indicating a break from tradition in opposition to a more rooted environment, each piece just one part of the demographics correlating with higher or lower cremation rates.

CANA Cremation Demographics Infographic

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Media inquiries should be directed to Barbara Kemmis, Executive Director, Barbara@cremationassociation.org or 312-245-1077.