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An Oversaturated Market 2014

AN INVITATION TO FUNERAL PRICING ABUSE

If we were to die Monday through Friday — with one funeral a day — and two weeks off for the mortician’s vacation, the following chart shows the number of funeral homes that would be needed in each state, compared to the actual number. There are undoubtedly some funeral homes that can handle more than one funeral a day, which reduces the “needed” number accordingly and probably explains the figures for California, Hawaii, and Nevada.


Certainly in rural areas with sparse population, a funeral home does not expect the dying business to be a full-time one, and more establishments will be needed to cover the geographic area than the number generated by a simple death-rate formula. In most other states, however, the number of funeral homes far exceeds that which can be reasonably supported by the death-rate. (In Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, there are almost four times the needed mortuaries; in Iowa there are five times too many!)

Why are so many funeral homes still in business? Because of high mark-ups that consumers pay — either willingly or because they just don’t know what their other options are. It’s a situation that invites pricing abuse!

How Many Funeral Homes Needed
State Deaths Annually Existing Funeral Homes Needed Number of Funeral Homes
AK 3,728 20 15
AL 48,038 407 192
AZ 46,762 144 187
AR 28,916 279 116
CA 234,012 806 936
CO 31,465 182 126
CT 28,692 261 115
DC 4,672 27 19
DE 7,706 65 31
FL 173,791 831 695
GA 71,263 572 285
HI 9,617 21 38
ID 11,429 71 46
IL 99,931 1027 400
IN 56,743 575 227
IA 27,745 397 111
KS 24,502 313 98
KY 41,983 459 168
LA 40,667 274 163
ME 12,750 110 51
MD 43,325 270 173
MA 52,583 519 210
MI 88,021 651 352
MN 38,972 368 156
MS 28,965 345 116
MO 55,281 498 221
MT 8,827 70 35
NE 15,171 215 61
NV 19,623 52 78
NH 10,201 90 41
NJ 69,495 660 278
NM 15,931 73 64
NY 146,432 1579 586
NC 78,773 607 315
ND 5,944 68 24
OH 108,711 1086 435
OK 36,529 325 146
OR 31,890 165 128
PA 124,596 1585 498
RI 9,579 79 38
SC 41,614 386 166
SD 7,100 92 28
TN 59,578 414 238
TX 166,527 1128 666
UT 14,776 84 59
VT 5,380 56 22
VA 59,032 490 236
WA 48,146 179 193
WV 21,275 255 85
WI 47,308 496 189
WY 4,438 30 18
Number of funeral homes needed=1 funeral/day, 5 days/wk, 50 wks/yr
Death data from 2012. FH data from 2013