17 US states where it costs over $20,000 to die
- Dying might not seem like it would be a big expense, but in these 17 US states, it will cost the typical person around $20,000, according to GOBankingRates' data.
- The most expensive states to die tend to overlap with the most expensive states to live. This is generally thanks to the higher costs of healthcare, which is a factor in the cost of end-of-life care.
- States where the costs surrounding death top $20,000 include Hawaii, California, and New York. The three most expensive states all have either inheritance tax or estate taxes, on top of high healthcare costs.
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Death isn't cheap in these 17 states, where costs of healthcare and funeral expenses will add up to over $20,000.
According to data by GOBankingRates, states that have a traditionally high cost of living are also the states where it's most expensive to die.
According to the data, Hawaii, California, and New York have the most costs surrounding end of life. However, Hawaii's costs are much higher than the rest, with the average funeral in the Island State costing $14,975 compared to the $7,360 average funeral cost in the US.
GOBankingRates created this ranking by looking at the average costs of end-of-life healthcare and the costs of a funeral across the US, and then factored in each state's cost of living index.
Here are the 17 states where dying will cost the most.