Sep 17, 2023

Cheap Death States


"Good news: it's not just the cost of living we have to worry about these days, but also the cost of dying. According to a study by, around 12 percent of Americans have taken on between $1,001 and $5,000 of debt after a loved one's death.

Research also suggests that some states are more expensive to die in than others. Forbes Advisor examined the price of funerals and end-of-life medical costs across the 50 states to find out which are worst for death-related expenses.

Key Findings:

  • The most expensive state to die in overall is Alaska, followed by Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington.

  • It's cheapest to die in Kentucky. The states of Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri follow behind.

  • On average, death-related expenses cost $24,204 in the US. The median cost of a funeral is $7,736, while end-of-life medical expenses average at $16,468."

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