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Written by Maddy Ryan, Cronkite News

 

It costs less to die in Arizona and in other nearby states compared to elsewhere in the nation – at least when it comes to funeral costs. Local experts say that’s because so many people here choose cremation over traditional burial.

 

The national median cost of a funeral, which includes viewing and burial services, is $7,360, according to recent data from the National Funeral Directors Association. However, the group of states labeled the Mountain Region, which includes Arizona, has a median cost of $6,681.

 

Experts in the funeral industry said that’s a good thing for Arizonans since funeral costs have skyrocketed over the decades.

 

In the past 30 years, the price of funerals in the U.S. has risen 227 percent – nearly twice the national inflation rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Costs associated with the price of funerals include materials such as embalming supplies, caskets or urns and burial spaces.

 

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