Cemetery burial plot cost in California: cheapest & most expensive options

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The average burial plot cost in California is $6,680. That’s 87% higher than the national average. Our analysis is based on figures from 1,236 cemeteries across the Golden state, where we’ve seen costs go as high as $30,000 and as low as $900.

Keep in mind that these costs will vary depending on your specific situation. Depending on the type of burial plot you purchase, how many, and in what zip code, these prices may vary significantly from the average.

When making arrangements, we recommend contacting at least a few cemeteries to get a price that is right for your family.

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Cities with the most affordable cemetery burial plot costs in California

CityAverage burial plot costDifference from State Average
Shingle Springs, CA$900-87%
Nevada City, CA$950-86%
MARYSVILLE, CA$1,000-85%
Ek Grove, CA$1,100-84%
Los Osos, CA$1,300-81%
San Luis Obisco, CA$1,400-79%
Calimesa, CA$1,750-74%
Whittier , CA$2,000-70%
Elk Grove, CA$2,143-68%
Sylmar, CA$2,467-63%

Cities with the most expensive cemetery burial plot costs in California

CityAverage burial plot costDifference from State Average
Westlake, CA$30,000+349%
National City, CA$21,267+218%
Newport Beach, CA$17,188+157%
Corona del Mar, CA$16,714+150%
los gatos, CA$15,000+125%
Cathedral City, CA$14,500+117%
Oakland, CA$14,000+110%
San Jose, CA$12,686+90%
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA$12,675+90%
San Bernardino, CA$12,165+82%

California: Average cemetery burial plot cost by city

CityAverage burial plot costDifference from State Average
Anaheim, CA$4,758-29%
Antioch, CA$3,200-52%
Apple Valley, CA$4,850-27%
Bakersfield, CA$4,076-39%
Bloomington, CA$4,762-29%
Bonita, CA$5,837-13%
Calimesa, CA$1,750-74%
Camarillo, CA$9,08236%
Cathedral City, CA$14,500117%
Chatsworth, CA$8,85032%
Chico, CA$5,000-25%
Chula Vista, CA$4,500-33%
Citrus Heights, CA$6,570-2%
Colma, CA$4,000-40%
Colton, CA$8,84432%
Commerce, CA$7,50012%
Compton, CA$7,0005%
Corona del Mar, CA$16,714150%
Costa Mesa, CA$4,460-33%
Covina, CA$10,20053%
Culver City, CA$9,00035%
Cypress, CA$9,17837%
Ek Grove, CA$1,100-84%
El Cajon, CA$7,40011%
Elk Grove, CA$2,143-68%
Eureka, CA$3,338-50%
Fair Oaks, CA$4,873-27%
Fairfield, CA$5,000-25%
Fremont, CA$5,500-18%
Fresno, CA$5,221-22%
Garden Grove, CA$3,000-55%
Glendale, CA$10,06451%
Glendora, CA$4,980-25%
Hayward, CA$5,714-14%
Hollywood, CA$2,500-63%
Hughson, CA$3,576-46%
Huntington Beach, CA$4,450-33%
Inglewood – Los Angeles, CA$5,994-10%
Inglewood, CA$9,36640%
Lafayette, CA$11,26669%
Lake Forest, CA$6,7401%
Linda Loma, CA$5,000-25%
Lodi, CA$4,500-33%
Loma Linda, CA$6,575-2%
Long Beach, CA$4,900-27%
Los Angeles, CA$11,24368%
los gatos, CA$15,000125%
Los Osos, CA$1,300-81%
MARYSVILLE, CA$1,000-85%
Mission Hills, CA$10,11051%
Monrovia, CA$6,100-9%
N Hollywood, CA$2,500-63%
Napa, CA$5,500-18%
National City, CA$21,267218%
Nevada City, CA$950-86%
Newhall, CA$4,860-27%
Newport Beach, CA$17,188157%
North Hollywood, CA$3,048-54%
Oakland, CA$14,000110%
OCEANSIDE, CA$7,95319%
Olivehurst, CA$3,200-52%
Palm Springs, CA$7,2008%
Palo Alto, CA$8,16722%
Pomona, CA$5,995-10%
Putnam Valley, CA$5,500-18%
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA$12,67590%
Reading, CA$8,50027%
Redding, CA$3,952-41%
Redondo Beach, CA$7,50012%
Richmond, CA$7,96019%
Riverside, CA$4,133-38%
Roseville, CA$6,200-7%
Sacramento, CA$5,157-23%
San Bernardino, CA$12,16582%
San Diego, CA$6,486-3%
San Gabriel, CA$9,50042%
San Jose, CA$12,68690%
San Luis Obisco, CA$1,400-79%
San Mateo, CA$9,17837%
San Pedro, CA$3,500-48%
San Rafael, CA$7,0005%
Santa Ana, CA$7,72916%
Santa Cruz, CA$3,000-55%
Seaside, CA$6,218-7%
Shingle Springs, CA$900-87%
Sylmar, CA$2,467-63%
Turlock, CA$2,895-57%
Vallejo, CA$4,930-26%
ventura, CA$3,373-50%
Victorville, CA$6,500-3%
Westlake Village, CA$8,37025%
Westlake, CA$30,000349%
Westminster, CA$5,958-11%
Whitter, CA$4,900-27%
Whittier , CA$2,000-70%
Whittier, CA$6,296-6%
Whittuer, CA$6,000-10%
Woodland, CA$5,171-23%

California: VA national and state cemeteries with free burial plots

If you are a veteran, service member or eligible family member you may be eligible for a free burial at a national VA cemetery. There are 10 such cemeteries in California. Keep in mind these are not guaranteed to have any open spots. Please see below for contact information as well as burial plot availability.

CemeteryOpen plots?AddressPhone
Bakersfield National CemeteryOpen30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd. Arvin, CA 93203Phone: 661-867-2250 Or 866-632-1845
Benicia Arsenal Post CemeteryClosedBirch Rd Benicia, CA 94510Phone: 707-693-2460
Fort Rosecrans National CemeteryClosedCabrillo Memorial Drive San Diego, CA 92106Phone: 619-553-2084
Golden Gate National CemeteryClosed1300 Sneath Lane San Bruno, CA 94066Phone: 650-589-7737
Los Angeles National CemeteryClosed950 S Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049Phone: 310-268-4675
Miramar National CemeteryOpen5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122Phone: 858-658-7360
Riverside National CemeteryOpen22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside, CA 92518Phone: 951-653-8417
Sacramento Valley National CemeteryOpen5810 Midway Road Dixon, CA 95620Phone: 707-693-2460
San Francisco National CemeteryClosed1 Lincoln Boulevard San Francisco, CA 94129Phone: 650-589-7737
San Joaquin Valley National CemeteryOpen32053 W McCabe Rd. Santa Nella, CA 95322Phone: 209-854-1040

State VA cemeteries have similar free burial options as well, though these come with residency requirements. Contact your local VA office to learn more.

Big Sandy Rancheria Veterans Cemetery37387 Auberry Mission Rd. Auberry, CA 93602Elizabeth Kipp, BSR Tribal Chairperson Phone: 559-374-0066 x212
California Department of Veterans Affairs1227 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814Mailing Address: Veterans Services Division P.O. Box 942895Sacramento, CA 94295Keith Boylan, Deputy Secretary, Veterans Services Phone: 916-653-2573
California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery2900 Parker Flats Road Seaside, CA 93955Phone: 831-393-9371
Northern California Veterans Cemetery11800 Gas Point RoadIgo, CA 96047-0076Mark George, Manager Phone: 866-777-4533
Veterans Memorial Grove CemeteryVeterans Home of California Yountville, CA 94599Phone: 707-944-4600
Veterans Home of California, Yountville260 California Avenue Yountville, CA 94599David Veverka, Administrator Phone: 707-944-4600
Yurok Veterans CemeteryBald Hills Road Hoopa, CA 95546Sophie Lay, Representative Phone: 707-487-1350 x1353