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Idaho is probably best known for its famous potatoes and beautiful nature preserves. Idaho is the home state of Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the television, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, creator of Tarzan. However, The Gem State is also home to several homeowners insurance risks.
How much is home insurance in Idaho? The second lowest homeowners insurance rates in the country are in Idaho. The average cost of homeowners insurance in Idaho is $692. That's well below the national average of $1,173.
|Idaho Annual Average||$561||$590||$692|
|Idaho Price Per Month||$47||$49||$57|
|US Annual Average||$1,096||$1,132||$1,173|
|US Cost Per Month||$91||$94||$98|
The graph below shows the change in average Idaho home insurance rates from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Idaho homeowners insurance rates increased from $518 in 2011 to $692 in 2015, a jump of $174 dollars, or 33.59 percent.
Choosing a homeowners insurance company in Idaho should be easier. Actually, it’s already easy. The key to finding the best homeowners rate is to get a homeowners insurance quotes comparison in Idaho from multiple companies.
Last year, these were the 10 most common home insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Idaho. Out of the 3,321 Idaho homeowners that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 157 had no home insurance.
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|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.||$37,838||13.3%|
|4||Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. of ID||$25,333||8.9%|
|5||USAA Insurance Group||$14,826||5.2%|
|6||United Heritage Mutual Holding Co.||$13,788||4.8%|
|7||Travelers Companies Inc.||$9,699||3.4%|
|8||American Family Mutual||$9,662||3.4%|
|9||Nationwide Mutual Group||$7,579||2.7%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 8/23/2015)
|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Idaho State Insurance Fund||$195,299||8.9%|
|3||Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.||$161,499||7.3%|
|4||Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.||$144,061||6.5%|
|7||Travelers Companies Inc.||$72,202||3.3%|
|9||Nationwide Mutual Group||$55,918||2.5%|
|*Represents both home and auto insurance|
Many different factors come into play when insurance companies calculate the cost of homeowners insurance. Some, like the age of your home, are within your control. Others, like crime rates or natural disasters, are beyond your control. Here are some of the factors that affect the cost of homeowners insurance in Idaho.
Home prices can greatly affect the cost of insurance in any given state. A higher average home price generally means higher premiums in that state. For Idaho, the average listing price is $260,880 as of July 2015, slightly lower than the national average of $284,748.
Burglary is a serious and sometimes violent property crime. States with higher average burglary rates generally have higher average home insurance premiums, because the likelihood that someone will need to file a claim is higher. According to data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report, in 2013, Idaho’s average burglary rate was 411.9 per 100,000 people, which is significantly lower than the national average of 610.0 per 100,000.
States with more law enforcement per capita tend to be safer than states with fewer policemen and women. In Idaho, there are 27.8 law enforcement personnel per 100,000 total citizens, which is slightly lower than the national median of 32 per 100,000.
Idaho’s climate varies greatly from one end of the state to the other. Whether in the north or south, east or west, of the state, this variable climate poses some homeowners insurance hazards to keep in mind.
Hot, dry summers: During the summer, the entire state heats up, though the southwestern and northernmost regions get the hottest. These regions average about 90 degrees in the summer, and during this time precipitation comes to a halt. July is the hottest month of the year, with average highs at 91 degrees in Boise and 89 degrees in Lewiston.
Dry summer heat occasionally gives way to droughts, which can be quite severe. As of July 2015, the US Drought Monitor released that 100% of Idaho was experiencing some level of drought. The USDM ranks drought conditions from D0 (abnormally dry) to D4 (exceptional drought), and Idaho is 52% D2 (severe drought) or above. Heat can act as a home insurance hazard because it often leads to power outages, as people turn the A/C up high. It can also cause heat stroke or heat exhaustion, especially to young children and adults over 65. Drought can harm land, crops, and cause economic loss.
Thunderstorms: Thunder, rain, and lightning are common throughout Idaho, especially in the eastern regions. Though Idaho averages only about 19 inches of rain per year, thunderstorms are of serious concern, especially in summer months. June, July, and August see the most thunderstorms, contributing greatly to the average of 18 days per year of thunderstorms. Lightning can cause physical danger, destruction to homes, and wildfires, especially due to dry conditions. If the rain is severe enough, it can lead to mudslides and even flooding. It is important to note that the only way to obtain flood insurance is through the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more about the NFIP here.
Snowy winters: Cold and snowy winters are common in Idaho, especially in the central and east regions of the state. In these areas, the average low temperatures during the winter are close to 15 degrees. In other parts, such as the famous Sun Valley ski resort, below-freezing temperatures are less common. Idaho snowstorms can be powerful, and these regions average over 75 inches of snow per year. In January 2015, a particularly strong snowstorm left many without power for almost a day. With or without snow, exceptionally cold winters can bring about a number of home insurance risks, affecting both yourself and your home. People crank the furnace up when temperatures drop, causing a spike in energy use and trapping in moisture that may cause mold. In freezing temperatures, pipes can crack and leak, and other structures can become stiff and brittle as they contract in the cold.
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