WHEELING, IL— The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has just released its latest Annual Statistics Report featuring final 2017 cremation data, newly released 2018 data, and projections to 2023. Using figures primarily obtained through state and provincial governments in the United States and Canada, CANA has determined the annual percentage of cremations to deaths and forecasts future cremation percentages. 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.

CANA has conducted extensive research on the growth rate of cremation (The Cremationist, v. 53, no. 2). The research, originally published in 2017, revealed that when the cremation growth rate over time is measured, an interesting pattern develops. While previous research indicated that cremation rates would continue to rise, the speed of that growth in 2018 was somewhat surprising. As the cremation rate climbs to or exceeds 50% in individual states, the national rate grows more quickly.

While CANA has traditionally been conservative in its projections, this difference is greater than usual. We anticipate this trend to continue until the national rate exceeds 60%, when the cremation rate growth is expected to start showing signs of tapering downward. At 53.4%, the United States is squarely in the rapid growth period.

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has been tracking national cremation statistics in the U.S. and Canada since our founding in 1913. Based on this data, CANA creates annual statistics reports to document consumer preferences and measure the steady growth of cremation rates across North America. CANA Research is often used by the media to shape their articles and by CANA’s members to guide their future business plans. For more information on CANA’s statistics, visit https://www.cremationassociation.org/IndustryStatistics.

CANA Members can read the full report in the most recent edition of The Cremationist or log in to https://www.cremationassociation.org/CremationistMagazine.

About CANA
Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international organization of over 3,300 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.