There are 2,538 Property & Casualty insurance companies nationwide that brought in $558 billion last year. Home insurance represents $94B of that pie with the top 100 home insurance companies owning 90% of the homeowners market.
What's interesting, is that no single carrier owns more than 20% of the market. From a risk perspective, this makes sense, because home insurance companies have to diversify so a hurricane, flood, or wildfire doesn't wipe out their reserves. As an example, no carrier will ever insure the entire state of Florida (unless that carrier is the government). Now for the biggest gorillas:
The Largest Home Insurance Carriers
|Carrier||Premiums Written||Market Share (2017)||Market Share Change (5 Year)|
Major insurance providers tend to avoid too much risk in certain states like Florida and Texas, which opens up opportunity for smaller players to fill gaps in the market. Surprisingly, the biggest home insurers have been shrinking recently. In fact, State Farm, Allstate, and Farmers have lost 3% market share over the last 5 years.
As a result, there’s more competition from new entrants in the market, which is great news for homeowners like you looking for affordable coverage!
Which States Have the Most Affordable Premiums?
With hundreds of homeowners insurance companies to choose from you have a lot of options, but the best carriers will vary from state to state and even from one zip code to another. Regional carriers often are quite competitive in their home geographies, because they have a better understanding of the local risk and needs of homeowners.
Claim frequency can vary a lot by state. It may not come as a surprise that states like Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas have the highest rates for total claim payouts as a result of natural catastrophes. On the other hand, areas like Maine, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon have some of the lowest in the country.
If you’re looking to pay the lowest premiums on your homeowners insurance, then living in Oregon would best suit you as it boasts the nation’s cheapest premiums with residents paying an average of $574 per year. On the other end of the spectrum, Florida has the highest premiums in the nation at $2,055/year, followed closely by Texas at $1,947/year.
Texas and Florida sit at nearly 2x the national average of $1,083/year as of 2018. The cost of homeowners insurance across the board continues to trend higher, mainly due to more frequent large natural disasters hitting the country:
How Many Homeowners Are at Risk?
Many insurance plans don’t cover certain damages like mold, earthquake, or flooding without specific add-ons or additional policies. This could leave many homeowners at risk. For instance, only 11 percent of homeowners carry flood insurance policies. Considering that flooding is the most common natural disaster in the nation and more than 20 percent of the flood claims came from houses outside of high-risk areas makes this statistic unsettling. Homeowners insurance claims can be both frequent and expensive. In 2016, 5.3 percent of homeowners filed a claim with the average amount paid on those claims being $11,666.
Don’t Let Homeowners Insurance Options Limit You
With so many companies offering various types of plans with add-ons for your home, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by the options. It's best to let an expert find the top options available in your area - I got you covered.
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