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Facts and Figures

1 in 25
Americans were cremated in 1960

1 in 5
Americans will opt for cremation in 2000

1 in 3
Americans are projected to opt for cremation in 2010

75
Median age of individual cremated

58
Percent of cremations that are Protestant

26
Percent of cremations that are Catholic

11
Percent of cremations that are Buddhist

3
Percent of cremations that are Jewish

2
Percent of cremations that are Hindu

$7,000
Cost of traditional funeral and burial

$1,300
Cost of direct cremation


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