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Death in the UK - Statistics & Facts

In 2020, there were over 695,000 deaths in the United Kingdom, the most deaths in a single year since 1918, when there were 715,000. Although the death rate in the UK fell from 10.4 deaths per 1,000 people in 2000 to 8.7 in 2011, it has increased in the intervening years, and reached a rate of 10.3 by 2020. Hospitals are the most common location of deaths in England and Wales, followed by homes, and care homes.

Coronavirus tragedy

Between January 2019 and January 2022, the month with the most deaths in England and Wales was April 2020, which saw over 88,000 deaths recorded, almost double the number of deaths in April 2019, and 14,800 more than recorded in January 2021, the second-deadliest month in this time period. This tragic figure was due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which first hit the UK in late January 2020. Although the UK had some respite from the virus initially, the number of cases began to rise dramatically by March 2020, resulting in a lockdown in large parts of UK society. The subsequent social distancing that took place certainly helped the National Health Service (NHS) prevent an even bigger disaster, but the virus had already taken hold. From the last week of March onwards, the weekly number of deaths in England and Wales started to exceed the corresponding weeks between 2014 and 2019, at first by one thousand, then by six thousand, and then eight thousand. Between April 10 and April 24, there were over 23 thousand excess deaths in England and Wales, or almost 12 thousand excess deaths per week. By the week ending on June 19, 2020, the number of excess deaths in England and Wales finally dropped below the five-year average, an important milestone in the fight against the virus.

Funeral costs

In 2021, the average cost of dying in the United Kingdom was approximately 8,864 British pounds, an increase of around 2,166 British pounds when compared with 2008. In terms of 'send-off' costs, by category, around 1,000 pounds is spent on the memorial, with other costs including catering, at 406 British pounds, and flowers, at 206 British pounds, among many other expenses. No matter where funerals take place in the UK, burials are more expensive than cremations, with the average burial costing just under 1.7 thousand British pounds, and the average cremation costing around 823 British pounds.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 25 most important statistics relating to "Death in the UK".

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