Compared to the national average of $1,312 a year, Mississippi homeowners pay about 35% more; with the state average annual rate for a $250,000 dwelling coming in at around $1,773. Mississippians pay higher rates due to the high cost of losses incurred by insurance providers, more than $400 billion in 2018.
When shopping for home insurance, get several quotes and make sure your policy includes the protections you may want, such as loss of use, medical payments and personal property coverages. You may also need to consider add-ons to your standard policy to cover expensive personal belongings or home office equipment.
Most major home insurance companies write policies in Mississippi. Finding the insurer that’s right for you might seem daunting, but Bankrate has provided comparisons and rates to help in your objective to find the best Mississippi home insurance companies.
Best home insurance companies in Mississippi
To choose the five top Mississippi home insurance companies, we relied on the analysis and research of market share, AM Best and J.D. Power ratings and average rates provided by Quadrant Information Services. Mississippi has vast areas of farmland, dotted with small rural communities. With that in mind, we also selected a couple of providers that may meet the insurance needs of farmers.
- MetLife: MetLife received 824 out of 1,000 points from J.D. Power’s 2020 U.S. Home Insurance Study. MetLife scores particularly well on customer satisfaction across all categories, not just for home insurance. Mississippi homeowners can take advantage of MetLife’s extensive coverage options to create custom coverage, based on your area code and the environmental and geographical factors affecting your home. When it comes to pricing, MetLife is more affordable than other home insurance policies in Mississippi. It also offers a lot of opportunities to save by bundling and grouping your auto and home policies, and more.
- Allstate: Allstate ranked sixth in J.D. Power’s 2019 U.S. Home Insurance Study, with three out of five star ratings in all categories. We particularly like Allstate’s discounts. You can earn up to a 25% discount when you purchase multiple policies and up to 20 percent off if you switch to Allstate after remaining claims free with another provider. Allstate offers a wide range of insurance products, including auto, business, condo, identity protection, landlord, life, motorcycle and renters coverages, along with investment products and retirement plans.
- Farm Bureau: Among our top five home insurance companies, Farm Bureau offers the lowest annual rates. We like the fantastic coverage Farm Bureau offers for rural Mississippians, including, farm chemical, farm equipment, farm liability, farm produce and livestock insurance. The carrier also offers church and commercial business insurance, along with life insurance and policies to cover ATVs, boats, motorcycles and RVs. Farm Bureau offers an online quote tool that enables you to see how much you’ll pay after answering a few questions, along with local offices throughout the state.
- State Farm: In J.D. Power’s 2019 Home Insurance Study, State Farm ranked fourth in the nation, with a four out of five star rating in overall customer satisfaction. Based on 2018 market share statistics, State Farm is the top insurer of home insurance. The insurer also offers homeowners a few ways to save on their premiums, including a discount for installing impact-resistant roofs. Besides home insurance, State Farm sells condominium, farm and ranch, manufactured home, rental property and renters insurance, along with term, universal and whole life insurance. The provider also offers banking services, including auto and boat loans, checking accounts, home mortgages, money market savings accounts and rewards credit cards.
- USAA: USAA was the only homeowners insurance company to earn five out of five stars in all categories in J.D. Power’s study. While it earned the top score, USAA doesn’t qualify for ranking in the study because it only offers products to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their eligible family members. USAA offers replacement cost dwelling and personal property coverages at no additional charge. USAA also provides earthquake coverage in its standard policy. USAA offers its members one stop shopping for insurance, including auto, condo, flood, landlord, motorcycle, renters and small business policies. The company also offers checking and savings accounts, investment products, home mortgages, retirement plans and VA loans.
|Home insurance company||J.D. Power score||Average annual premium|
|MetLife||824 out of 1000||$2,083|
|Allstate||829 out of 1000||$2,283|
|Southern Farm Bureau||Not ranked||$1,107|
|State Farm||829 out of 1000||$2,409|
|USAA||889 out of 1000||$1,402|
Average homeowners insurance cost in Mississippi
Mississippi homeowners pay an average annual homeowners premium of $1,773 for $250,000 in dwelling coverage, 35% above the national average. We analyzed quotes from the top Mississippi home insurance companies and received a wide range of rates.
|Home insurance company||Annual premium|
Home insurance coverage options in Mississippi
When shopping for homeowners insurance, it may be helpful to look for standard policies that include:
- Dwelling coverage: This coverage helps pay to repair or rebuild your home if it is damaged or destroyed by an explosion, a fire, a storm or vandals.
- Other structures coverage: If a motorist destroys your fence or your detached garage sustains storm damage, other structures coverage can help pay the repair bills.
- Loss of use coverage: If a fire or storm damages your home, your loss of use coverage can help pay temporary living expenses such as hotel and food costs if you must relocate for repairs.
- Liability coverage: If a guest sues you after sustaining an injury on your property, liability coverage can help pay your legal expenses.
- Guest medical expense coverage: If a neighbor falls on your patio and sustains an injury, guest medical expense coverage can help pay the victim’s medical bills.
- Personal property coverage: This coverage pays to replace your personal belongings, like clothing and furniture, following a covered calamity such as a fire.
Most Mississippi homeowners insurance companies also offer optional coverages. These add-ons may help fill in the gaps with your home insurance coverage.
- Valuable items coverage: Standard policies limit the amount of a claim for certain types of personal property, like fine art, firearms and jewelry. So, if you own an expensive wedding ring, you might consider adding valuable items coverage to protect it.
- Replacement cost coverage: Most standard home insurance policies pay actual cash value for totaled homes and personal property. However, if you purchase optional replacement cost coverage, you can file a claim for the actual cost of repairing or rebuilding your home, or replacing personal belongings, subject to your policy’s deductible and limits.
- Business property coverage: If you have a home office, the limits of your standard policy might not offer enough protection for expensive items such as computers, so you might want to consider this optional coverage.
- Identity theft protection: Fraudulent credit card use and identity theft are rampant. Insurers offer various levels of identity theft coverage. Some policies only help pay expenses related to restoring your identity, while others offer credit monitoring.
- Flood insurance: Standard policies don’t cover flood damage. Some insurers offer flood insurance as an optional coverage. If your insurer doesn’t offer flood coverage, you can purchase a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program.
Common causes of home insurance losses in Mississippi
In 2018, insurers incurred nearly $402 billion in homeowners insurance losses in Mississippi, according to the III. Mississippi homeowners pay higher than average home insurance rates due to the frequency and severity of storms.
Mississippi ranks third in the nation for tornadoes. In 2018, 68 tornadoes touched down in the Magnolia State, thankfully with no fatalities. Unfortunately, tornadoes frequently plague Mississippi, leaving piles of rubble in their wake and increasing the financial risk insurers must shoulder.
Mississippi’s Gulf Coast faces even graver threats, hurricanes and tropical storms. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey pummeled the Gulf coast causing an estimated $18.4 to $20.4 billion in property damages in six states, including Mississippi.
Frequently asked questions
What is the best homeowners insurance in Mississippi?
The “best” homeowners insurance in Mississippi is relative to your needs. Many homeowners need a simple, standard policy, while other homeowners have more complex insurance needs. When shopping for home insurance, pay close attention to the details such as liability and personal property limits. If a standard package doesn’t meet your needs, find another insurer or consider adding optional coverages.
How do I get homeowners insurance in Mississippi?
Most major insurance companies service Mississippi, and many offer online quotes on their websites. Nationwide carriers such as Allstate and State Farm also operate local offices throughout Mississippi. Whether you shop online or visit local insurance agencies, get quotes from several insurers before deciding on a home insurance policy.
Is Mississippi homeowners insurance expensive?
On average, Mississippi home insurance rates are 45 percent higher than the national average. Mississippians pays higher homeowners insurance rates due to the frequency and severity of storms.
Is homeowners insurance required in Mississippi?
No. State law doesn’t require you to purchase home insurance, but if you take out a mortgage to buy a home, the lender will require it.
Standard Homeowners Methodology
Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 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 and 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
The homeowners also have a $1,000 deductible and a separate wind and hail deductible (if required).
These are sample rates and should be used for comparative purposes only. Your quotes may be different.
Rates are determined based on 2021 Quadrant Information Services data.