Average cost of homeowners insurance in November 2021

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The average cost of homeowners insurance in the United States is $1,312 per year, or about $109 per month, for a policy with $250,000 in dwelling coverage, according to Bankrate’s analysis of 2021 rates from 142 insurance companies in 34,523 ZIP codes, obtained from Quadrant Information Services. Homeowners insurance protects your finances in the event of a covered loss or damage to your home, property and/or loved ones and is a crucial component of your financial plan.

If you have a mortgage or other type of home loan, you’ll be required to carry a homeowners insurance policy. Even if you own your home outright, home insurance is a smart purchase. Bankrate’s insurance team monitors the latest data and industry trends to help you understand the average home insurance cost, which can give you a starting point when shopping for a policy. But keep in mind that your annual cost could be higher or lower than the average due to unique factors related to you and your house.

Summary of Bankrate’s homeowners insurance cost analysis

  • The average homeowner spends $1,312 on homeowners insurance per year for a policy with $250,000 in dwelling coverage.
  • Homeowners spend about 1.91% of their household income on home insurance, based on average premiums and median household income.
  • Homeowners insurance costs are rising, having increased about 42% since 2009 when the average premium was $880, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I).

How much is homeowners insurance?

The national average home insurance cost is $1,312 per year for $250,000 in dwelling coverage. However, your home insurance policy premium depends on several factors. Geographic location plays a significant role in premiums. Some areas of the country are more prone to natural disasters, for example, while some areas could have higher rebuilding costs. The average homeowners insurance rates in the table below can give you a guideline for how much you can expect to pay in your state for a policy with a $250,000 dwelling coverage limit.

Average cost of homeowners insurance by state

State Average annual premium Average monthly premium Percent of median household income spent
Alabama $1,624 $135 2.89%
Alaska $1,040 $87 1.33%
Arizona $1,189 $99 1.68%
Arkansas $2,142 $179 3.93%
California $1,014 $85 1.30%
Colorado $1,659 $138 2.29%
Connecticut $1,184 $99 1.36%
Delaware $680 $57 0.92%
Florida $1,353 $113 2.32%
Georgia $1,376 $115 2.43%
Hawaii $376 $31 0.43%
Idaho $835 $70 1.27%
Illinois $1,322 $110 1.78%
Indiana $1,150 $96 1.72%
Iowa $1,289 $107 1.95%
Kansas $2,694 $255 3.68%
Kentucky $1,839 $153 3.30%
Louisiana $1,813 $151 3.51%
Maine $956 $80 1.44%
Maryland $1,124 $94 1.18%
Massachusetts $1,307 $109 1.49%
Michigan $1,120 $93 1.75%
Minnesota $1,785 $149 2.19%
Mississippi $1,773 $148 3.96%
Missouri $1,558 $130 2.57%
Montana $1,826 $152 3.03%
Nebraska $2,816 $235 3.85%
Nevada $822 $69 1.16%
New Hampshire $724 $60 0.83%
New Jersey $751 $63 0.86%
New Mexico $2,024 $169 3.81%
New York $987 $82 1.37%
North Carolina $1,295 $108 2.12%
North Dakota $1,841 $153 2.63%
Ohio $1,111 $93 1.72%
Oklahoma $3,519 $293 5.92%
Oregon $712 $59 0.96%
Pennsylvania $730 $61 1.03%
Rhode Island $1,193 $99 1.70%
South Carolina $1,142 $95 1.84%
South Dakota $1,917 $160 2.98%
Tennessee $1,625 $135 2.87%
Texas $1,863 $155 2.76%
Utah $647 $54 0.77%
Vermont $686 $57 0.92%
Virginia $1,013 $84 1.25%
Washington $863 $72 1.05%
Washington, D.C. $902 $75 1.06%
West Virginia $1,124 $94 2.09%
Wisconsin $986 $82 1.46%
Wyoming $805 $67 1.24%

Learn more: Home insurance rates by state

The most expensive states for homeowners insurance

The states with the most expensive average annual home insurance premiums are Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, Arkansas and New Mexico. How much does homeowners insurance cost in these pricey areas? The average cost of homeowners insurance in these states is outlined in the table below.

State Average annual premium Average monthly premium Percent more than average
Oklahoma $3,519 $293 168%
Nebraska $2,816 $235 115%
Kansas $2,694 $225 105%
Arkansas $2,142 $179 63%
New Mexico $2,024 $169 54%

The threat of natural disasters plays a significant role in determining your home insurance cost. States that border the Atlantic and Gulf coasts are more at risk for widespread damage caused by hurricanes. States in “Tornado Alley” tend to have high premiums due to the catastrophic damage caused by summer storms. And Western states may experience wildfires that can destroy homes. Knowing the risks associated with your state and ZIP code can help you make informed home insurance decisions.

The least expensive states for homeowners insurance

The states with the least expensive average annual homeowners insurance premiums are Hawaii, Utah, Delaware, Vermont and Oregon. So, how much can you expect to pay for homeowners insurance in these locations? The table below shows the average cost of home insurance coverage in these states and how the prices compare to the national average.

State Average annual premium Average monthly premium Percent more than average
Hawaii $376 $31 -71%
Utah $647 $54 -51%
Delaware $680 $57 -48%
Vermont $686 $57 -48%
Oregon $712 $59 -46%

These states may have a lower risk for natural disasters, and some could also have low premiums due to a generally low cost of living. The price of materials and labor may be lower in certain areas, which could mean you need less coverage to repair or rebuild your home if it is damaged.

Average homeowners insurance cost by company

You may be wondering if the home insurance company you choose affects the price of homeowners insurance. The short answer is yes because each company has its own rating system. Rates for even the same amount of coverage will vary between companies. Based on the homeowners insurance providers we reviewed, Erie Insurance is generally the least expensive insurance company for $250,000 in dwelling coverage, followed closely by USAA and Nationwide.

Based on our list of insurers, the most expensive homeowners insurance company is Amica, followed by Farmers and Chubb. In addition to rate considerations, we reviewed these particular providers based on market share, customer satisfaction and coverage options. Not all companies may be available in all states.

Home insurance company Average annual premium for $250K dwelling coverage Average monthly premium
Allstate $1,458 $122
American Family $1,295 $108
Amica $2,644 $220
Auto-Owners $1,165 $97
Chubb $1,630 $136
Erie $897 $75
Farmers $1,980 $165
The Hartford $1,609 $134
Nationwide $1,042 $87
Progressive $1,026 $86
State Farm $1,503 $125
Travelers $1,269 $106
USAA $992 $83

Each homeowners insurance company sets its rates, which means that the average home insurance cost will vary from carrier to carrier even within the same state and ZIP code.

Obtaining home insurance quotes from multiple insurance providers could help you find the coverage you need for a lower price. Comparing multiple companies might help you decide which carrier can offer you the coverage and price that best fits your needs.

Average home insurance cost by coverage amount

The amount of dwelling coverage you purchase will also have a significant impact on your homeowners insurance cost. Generally, the less dwelling coverage you have, the cheaper your coverage will be. The table below shows the average annual home insurance premium for five different levels of dwelling coverage.

Dwelling coverage limit Average annual premium Average monthly premium
$150,000 $898 $75
$250,000 $1,312 $109
$350,000 $1,723 $144
$450,000 $2,148 $179

Components of homeowners insurance policies

Every homeowners insurance policy provides specific protections which help guard against substantial financial loss due to fire, storms, theft, vandalism and legal liability. The most common forms of home insurance policies include:

  • Dwelling coverage, equal to your home’s rebuilding cost: This pays for covered damages, up to your dwelling coverage limit, that affect your home’s primary structure and attached structures such as carports or garages. This coverage is typically set at replacement cost value, so review your policy details to make sure you have the right coverage for you.
  • Other structures coverage, usually 10-20% of your dwelling coverage limit: This coverage provides property damage protection for structures not attached to your home, such as a detached garage, driveway, fences or shed.
  • Personal property coverage, usually 50-75% of your dwelling limit: This protects the contents of your home, including clothing, furniture and electronics. Within your personal property coverage, you may have additional limits. For example, you may only have 10% of your personal property coverage for items stored at other locations, and you may have a cap on coverage for certain items, like fine art and money. It is a good idea to review your policy to make sure you have the coverage needed for your items. You may have the option with this type of coverage to choose between replacement cost or actual cash value. Replacement cost is typically more expensive than actual cash value.
  • Personal liability coverage, usually between $100,000 and $500,000: This pays for medical expenses or damage to the property of others if you are held legally liable for injuries on your property, incidents that happen away from your property or damage to the property of others. It also covers costs associated with lawsuits that may be brought against you by the injured party.
  • Medical payments coverage, usually between $1,000 and $5,000: This covers the medical expenses for someone outside your household who sustains an injury on your property, regardless of who is at fault. Medical payments coverage may be optional but is often included as standard coverage.
  • Loss of use coverage, usually between 10-20% of your dwelling coverage: This provides coverage for additional living expenses should you need to temporarily stay elsewhere while your home is being repaired after a covered claim.

Not every homeowners insurance policy contains the same components. If you are unsure what your policy covers, talk to your agent or insurance company for clarification.

Factors that affect homeowners insurance cost

Insuring your home is a gamble for an insurance company. Like auto insurance, certain types of houses — and houses located in certain areas — create a higher likelihood that the company will have to pay claims. Average home insurance rates vary based on several rating factors. Understanding the most significant factors that impact your home insurance premium might help to guide you when shopping for a home.

Home characteristics

Every home is different, which means insurance companies rate each home on a case-by-case basis. Your home’s specific characteristics will play a role in determining how much you pay for homeowners insurance.

  • Year built: Older houses often cost more to insure because repair costs may be higher than they would for newer homes. Repairing or replacing features such as custom molding, plaster walls and wood floors could require specialists, making these features more expensive to repair in the event of a claim.
  • Roof condition: The age and condition of a home’s roof play a role in homeowners insurance rates. Older roofs may not withstand windstorms or hail damage as well as newer roofs. Likewise, roof materials can affect your homeowners insurance rate. Some types of roofing material may be more resistant to damage, which could lower your premium, and other types may be more expensive to repair or replace, which could increase your premium.
  • Construction quality: Many homeowners policies do not cover the expense of bringing a home up to the current building code following a claim. Insurance companies typically offer an optional ordinance or law endorsement, which can help pay for expenses related to code upgrades made during covered repairs.
  • Special features: Features such as hot tubs and swimming pools can make a home more appealing, but they can also increase homeowners insurance premiums if they raise repair and replacement costs and add liability risks. Homes with recreational features such a pool, spa or jacuzzi might need higher liability coverage in case a guest sustains an injury.

Location characteristics

Geographic location typically impacts your insurance rates because every area of the country has a different risk level for potential damages. Some areas may have a higher risk of wind damage, for example, while other areas of the country often sustain damage from fires.

  • Weather-related risks: Standard homeowners policies generally do not cover flood damage or damage from earthquakes. In fact, some insurance companies do not cover homes in flood zones at all. Other insurance companies sell private flood insurance or offer earthquake coverage in separate policies or endorsements to protect against these types of disasters.
  • Fire risk: According to the Triple-I, structure fires caused over $12 billion worth of property damage in 2019. Insurance companies rate homeowners premiums based on proximity to a fire station and fire hydrants because rapid emergency response often minimizes damage.
  • Crime risk: If you live in a high-crime neighborhood, your insurance rates might be impacted. You can help offset this cost to your premiums by installing additional safety features in your home, such as deadbolts and a security alarm system.

How to reduce the cost of homeowners insurance

Some ways to save on homeowners insurance include:

Frequently asked questions

Why did my home insurance go up?

Home insurance premiums can change for a number of reasons. If you change your coverage, like adding an endorsement or increasing a coverage limit, your premium will likely change. If you file a claim during your policy term, you could see an increase in your premium at your renewal. Even if nothing has changed, you may still see some fluctuation in your home insurance cost. Companies base your homeowners insurance cost on several factors, including the number and amount of claims paid out in the previous year, the projected likelihood of claims in your area and the price of materials and labor in your state.

Because risk levels and the cost of materials and labor constantly change, insurance companies use new rates every year. When your policy renews, the price may change even if everything else is the same because the policy renews based on the company’s new rates.

Can I make changes to my home that will lower my insurance cost?

There are some renovations that could change your insurance cost. Some companies offer discounts for updating your roof, for example, because it lessens your risk of filing a roof claim. Depending on the company you are with, you might also get a discount for updating your plumbing, electrical, heating or cooling system. Additionally, adding a security system to your home might lower your insurance costs. Monitored systems can help reduce the risk of severe damage, including from theft or fire.

Can I lower my coverage to decrease my premium?

Lowering your coverage limits or removing optional endorsements will likely decrease your premium, but it may not be the smartest financial decision. Higher coverage limits provide more financial protection against disasters, so lower limits could leave you with more out-of-pocket expenses if something happens. Removing endorsements that you do not need may be a good way to trim your costs, but be sure to review your situation with your agent so that you don’t remove coverage that you should keep.

How much is home insurance and how can I find the cheapest option?

The average cost for $250,000 in dwelling coverage in the U.S. is $1,312 per year. Remember that premiums vary based on your geographic location, risk level, home price and more. For this reason, getting quotes from a few providers and seeking homeowners insurance discounts might be the best way to find the cheapest homeowners insurance rates for you. If you are looking for more information about the average costs in your area, check out our homeowners insurance costs by state in this article. And keep in mind that there is more to home insurance than price. Skimping on coverage to get a lower rate could leave you with hefty expenses if your home is damaged.

Does my home insurance cost affect my mortgage payment?

It might. If you have an escrow account for your home insurance, you’ll pay a portion of your premium each month with your mortgage payment. This amount will be collected in your escrow account, and your mortgage company will then use the money to pay for your insurance policy each renewal. If your insurance is escrowed, the higher your premium, the higher your monthly mortgage payment is likely to be since it includes a portion of your premium each month. If you do not have an escrow account and pay your insurance yourself, your policy premium should not affect your mortgage payment.


Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2021 rates for all ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quoted rates are based on 40-year-old male and female homeowners with a clean claim history, good credit. Our base profile includes the following coverage limits:

  • Coverage A, Dwelling: $250,000
  • Coverage B, Other Structures: $25,000
  • Coverage C, Personal Property: $125,000
  • Coverage D, Loss of Use: $50,000
  • Coverage E, Liability: $300,000
  • Coverage F, Medical Payments: $1,000

Different coverage levels

For the various coverage levels we shared, these limits were used:

$150,000 dwelling coverage profile:

  • Coverage A, Dwelling: $150,000
  • Coverage B, Other Structures: $15,000
  • Coverage C, Personal Property: $75,000
  • Coverage D, Loss of Use: $30,000
  • Coverage E, Liability: $300,000
  • Coverage F, Medical Payments: $1,000

$350,000 dwelling coverage profile:

  • Coverage A, Dwelling: $350,000
  • Coverage B, Other Structures: $35,000
  • Coverage C, Personal Property: $175,000
  • Coverage D, Loss of Use: $70,000
  • Coverage E, Liability: $300,000
  • Coverage F, Medical Payments: $1,000

$450,000 dwelling coverage profile:

  • Coverage A, Dwelling: $450,000
  • Coverage B, Other Structures: $45,000
  • Coverage C, Personal Property: $225,000
  • Coverage D, Loss of Use: $90,000
  • Coverage E, Liability: $300,000
  • Coverage F, Medical Payments: $1,000

The homeowners also have a $1,000 deductible (unless indicated otherwise) and a separate wind and hail deductible (if required).

These are sample rates and should be used for comparative purposes only. Your quotes will differ.

Written by
Cate Deventer
Insurance Writer & Editor
Cate Deventer is a writer, editor and insurance professional with over a decade of experience in the insurance industry as a licensed insurance agent.
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