Staying alive: An aging US population will provide the industry with slow but consistent growth

IBISWorld’s industry research report on Cemetery Services can be used to help you understand the industry’s market size, growth potential and major companies. Five-year forecasts provide insight into the industry’s prospects, so you can make decisions with confidence. This information is perfectly suited to informing your business plans, pitch books, benchmarking and SWOT analysis.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The increasing share of the population that enters the upper age demographic will increase sales
  • The increasing tendency toward cremation led to revenue declines
  • The changing age structure of the US population should provide steady revenue growth

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Cemetery Services industry provides products and services for bereaved family members of the deceased, which may include sales of family plots, mausoleums, memorials and columbaria as well as sales of merchandise such as urns and ornamental goods. With increasing disposable income and a growing proportion of US citizens reaching 65 years and older, families became far more likely to purchase high-value industry merchandise and burial services. Heightened merger and acquisition activity limited the overall growth in industry establishments over the past five years. Over the five years to 2022, industry revenue is expected to continue growing slowly...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Cemetery Services industry exhibited consistent growth over the five years to 2017, stemming from increasing consumer spending and additional sales of value-added services and products. Over the five-year period, industry revenue is estimated to increase at an annualized rate of 2.4%, largely due to recovering per capita disposable income. As a result, these factors have enabled the gradually aging US population to purchase industry products and services which once suffered among cash-strapped consumers. Prior to the current five-year period, families were far more likely to choose relatively inexpensive cremations rather than seek out costly grave plots and caskets; the number of cremations continued to boom over the past five years, growing at an annualized rate of 4.0% t..

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    Additional Insights for the Cemetery Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cemetery Services Industry are

  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Proximity to key markets
  • Carrying out all necessary maintenance to keep facilities in good condition
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of deaths and Per capita disposable income in the Cemetery Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Cemetery Services Industry?

    This industry includes establishments that operate sites or structures reserved for the interment of human or animal remains. The industry also includes companies that offer cremation services. This industry does not include funeral homes, nor does it include funeral homes that operate cemeteries. These companies are included in the Funeral Homes industry (IBISWorld report 81221).

    Industry Products
    Interment services
    Sale of graves, plots and other spaces
    Cemetery maintenance services
    Sales of funeral goods
    Cremation services
    Pre-burial services
    Industry Activities
    Cemetery maintenance and upkeep
    Mausoleum operation
    Crematory operation
    Columbarium operation
    Memorial garden supervision
    Animal and pet cemetery management

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of deaths
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Number of cremations

  • Current Performance
  • Aging population increases demand
  • The rising popularity of cremations
  • Industry consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Trend toward cremation
  • A changing landscape
  • Table: Cemetery Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cemetery Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ceramics Manufacturing
  • Florists
  • Funeral Homes
  • Masonry

  • Products & Services
  • Sale of graves, plots and other spaces
  • Interment services
  • Sales of funeral goods
  • Cemetery maintenance services
  • Cremation services
  • Pre-burial services
  • Other
  • Chart: Cemetery Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • People aged 75 years and over
  • People aged 55 to 74 years
  • People aged 35 to 54 years
  • People aged 15 to 34 years
  • People aged under 14 years
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cemetery Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesDepreciationRent and utilitiesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cemetery Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cemetery Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Service Corporation InternationalStoneMor Partners LP
  • Table: Service Corporation International - financial performance
  • Table: StoneMor Partners LP - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cemetery Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Cemetery Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Demand for funeral and cemetery services after the death of a relative or friend.
  • Columbarium
  • A room or building with niches for funeral urns to be stored.
  • Direct Cremation
  • A cremation service that returns the remains to the family members, who typically organize their own private ceremony by scattering the ashes or placing them in a special urn.
  • Preneed
  • A prepaid funeral and cemetery plan that outlines all required products and services, with payment made in advance of death.
  • Trust Funds
  • A prepaid funeral and cemetery fund proceeds are required to be held in a trust fund.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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