Cemetery Burial Plot Cost in California: Cheapest & Most Expensive Options (2023)

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The average burial plot cost in California is $5,545. That’s 138% higher than the national average. Our analysis is based on figures from 597 cemeteries across the Golden state of California, where we’ve seen individual plots listed as low as $375 and as high as $140,000.

Keep in mind that costs can and will vary depending on factors such as the type of burial plot you purchase, how many you plan to purchase, the cemetery and the market demand for burial plots within your area or around the cemetery you’d like to purchase a plot in.

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

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Cities with the Most Affordable Burial Plot Cost in California

CityAverageDifference from State Average
Los Osos, CA$1,280 -77%
Elk Grove, CA$1,464 -74%
Sylmar, CA$1,966 -65%
Eureka, CA$2,384 -57%
Chico, CA$2,500 -55%
Linda Loma, CA$2,500 -55%
North Hollywood, CA$2,706 -51%
Redding, CA$2,807 -49%
Seaside, CA$2,826 -49%
Hughson, CA$2,863 -48%

Cities with the Most Expensive Burial Plot Cost in California

CityAverageDifference from State Average
Santa Barbara, CA$16,666 +201%
Los Angeles, CA$12,576 +127%
Newport Beach, CA$12,050 +117%
Corona Del Mar, CA$12,000 +116%
Lafayette, CA$11,222 +102%
Mission Hills, CA$8,119 +46%
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA$8,040 +45%
San Jose, CA$7,928 +43%
Glendale, CA$7,554 +36%
Citrus Heights, CA$7,309 +32%

Average Burial Plot Cost in California by City

CityAverageDifference from State Average
Anaheim, CA$3,659-34%
Bakersfield, CA$3,950-29%
Bloomington, CA$4,278-23%
Bonita, CA$4,888-12%
Camarillo, CA$5,421-2%
Chico, CA$2,500-55%
Chula Vista, CA$4,125-26%
Citrus Heights, CA$7,309+32%
Colma, CA$4,000-28%
Colton, CA$5,790+4%
Corona Del Mar, CA$12,000+116%
Costa Mesa, CA$3,797-32%
Covina, CA$5,229-6%
Cypress, CA$6,967+26%
Elk Grove, CA$1,464-74%
Eureka, CA$2,384-57%
Fair Oaks, CA$3,271-41%
Fresno, CA$3,265-41%
Glendale, CA$7,554+36%
Glendora, CA$4,245-23%
Hayward, CA$4,048-27%
Hughson, CA$2,863-48%
Huntington Beach, CA$4,450-20%
Inglewood, CA$6,232+12%
Lafayette, CA$11,222+102%
Linda Loma, CA$2,500-55%
Loma Linda, CA$4,257-23%
Los Angeles, CA$12,576+127%
Los Osos, CA$1,280-77%
Mission Hills, CA$8,119+46%
Monrovia, CA$5,083-8%
National City, CA$6,345+14%
Newhall, CA$5,185-6%
Newport Beach, CA$12,050+117%
North Hollywood, CA$2,706-51%
Oceanside, CA$4,819-13%
Palo Alto, CA$6,125+10%
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA$8,040+45%
Reading, CA$4,250-23%
Redding, CA$2,807-49%
Richmond, CA$4,422-20%
Riverside, CA$3,200-42%
Sacramento, CA$4,170-25%
San Bernardino, CA$7,231+30%
San Diego, CA$5,063-9%
San Jose, CA$7,928+43%
San Mateo, CA$5,616+1%
Santa Ana, CA$5,000-10%
Santa Barbara, CA$16,666+201%
Seaside, CA$2,826-49%
Sebastopol, CA$4,750-14%
Sylmar, CA$1,966-65%
Vallejo, CA$4,108-26%
Ventura, CA$3,599-35%
Westlake Village, CA$6,318+14%
Westminster, CA$5,332-4%
Whittier, CA$4,978-10%
Woodland, CA$2,857-48%

Saving Money on Burial Plot Cost in California

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.

VA National and State Cemeteries with Free Burial Plots in California

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 ext. 212
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 ext. 1353

Shopping Online for Burial Plots in California

If you’re on the market for a cemetery plot, you may find the listings on eBay helpful. Depending on what’s available, you stand to save money on on your burial plot costs with the right bidding strategy.

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