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North Carolina is the birthplace of John Coltrane, Nina Simone, President Andrew Jackson, Clay Aiken, James Taylor, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and more. The Tar Heel State is home to two of the ten fastest-growing cities in the country, Raleigh, and Charlotte. However, the state where the Wright Brothers flew the first airplane is home to a number of homeowners insurance hazards as well.
North Carolina’s average insurance premiums are slightly lower than the rest of the country. According to the most recent available data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2014, the average cost of homeowners insurance in the state of North Carolina was $1,056, not much lower than the national average of $1,132. There are 22 states with higher average home insurance rates than North Carolina.
|North Carolina Annual Average||$927||$1,008||$1,056|
|North Carolina Price Per Month||$77||$84||$88|
|US Annual Average||$1,034||$1,096||$1,132|
|US Cost Per Month||$86||$91||$94|
Choosing a homeowners insurance company in North Carolina should be easier. Actually, it’s already easy; you could just go with whichever company your mortgage lender recommends, but you probably won’t get the best rates that way. The key to finding the best rates is to get a homeowners insurance quotes comparison in North Carolina from multiple companies.
Last year, these were the 10 most common home insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of North Carolina. Out of the 24,282 North Carolina homeowners that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 1,574 had no home insurance.
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|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Nationwide Mutual Group||$290,629||13.3%|
|2||NC Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.||$279,252||12.8%|
|4||USAA Insurance Group||$140,992||6.5%|
|5||Erie Insurance Group||$111,536||5.1%|
|7||Travelers Companies Inc.||$73,748||3.4%|
|8||Auto-Owners Insurance Co.||$61,770||2.8%|
|9||Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.||$50,004||2.3%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 9/10/2015)
|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.||$1,367,009||10.3%|
|2||NC Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co.||$932,234||7.1%|
|5||Travelers Companies Inc.||$556,872||4.2%|
|6||United Service Automobile Assurance Co.||$535,754||4.1%|
|8||American International Group||$413,101||3.1%|
|9||Erie Insurance Group||$395,695||3.0%|
|*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 North Carolina.
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 North Carolina, the average listing price is $255,470 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, North Carolina’s average burglary rate was 921.0 per 100,000 people, which is much higher 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 North Carolina, there are 29.1 law enforcement personnel per 100,000 total citizens, which is slightly lower than the national median of 32 per 100,000.
Climate-wise, North Carolina is split into three regions, east, central, and west. The far west side of North Carolina contains the Appalachian Mountains, which block the state from being hit by Midwestern storms. On the west end, the Atlantic Ocean plays a big role in moderating weather. Because of this variability in temperature and precipitation, homeowners insurance hazards are different in different parts of the state. While winters are generally mild throughout, recent years have brought a polar vortex and abnormally freezing cold temperatures.
Hot and wet summers: Though large variety exists in North Carolina’s climate, hot and humid summers are present throughout the state. Other than in Mountainous parts in the west, central and eastern regions have average high temperatures around 80 degrees as early as May, and as late as September. July is the hottest month throughout the state. In the mountains, average highs are about 85 degrees. In the large central region, known as the Piedmont, high temperatures are about 90 degrees. And, on the east, coastal side, highs are slightly higher, around 92 degrees.
Humidity also plays a big role in North Carolina summers. August is particularly humid, when the entire state has humidity around 90%. When heat and humidity combine, the temperature feels even hotter. This effect calculated using the heat index, a table that calculates how hot it really feels. For example, if it’s 90 degrees with 90% humidity, it really feels like 122 degrees, because the human body is not able to cool itself as effectively. Extreme heat such as this can be a serious hazard, especially to young children and adults over 65. It can also cause damage to your home, mostly because of possible mold and mildew development.
Thunderstorms: Summer is thunderstorm season in North Carolina. July is the wettest month of the year, and most places average half of days in July with rain, usually in the form of thunderstorms. Raleigh, North Carolina is ranked the #10 city in the US for days of thunderstorm activity, with 13.2 days per year. These thunderstorms bring heavy rains, strong winds, lightning, flash floods, sometimes hail, and can even produce tornadoes. 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.
Tornadoes: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, North Carolina averages 14 tornadoes per year, and they are some of the strongest tornadoes in the country. In 2012, the National Weather Service ranked North Carolina the #16 most tornado-prone state. Tornadoes are the most violent type of storm, and often spawn from other storms, such as thunderstorms. Even weak tornadoes can cause serious damage to buildings, trees, and cars. Strong tornadoes have winds over 100 mph, travel for miles before slowing down, and can tear buildings from their foundations and flip over cars. The average annual cost of these violent storms exceeds $5 million in North Carolina.
Hurricanes: Sitting on the Atlantic Coast, North Carolina is no stranger to hurricanes. According to NOAA, North Carolina has been hit by 51 hurricanes, including 12 that are considered “major hurricanes,” meaning category 3 or above. Hurricanes can completely devastate whole towns at a time, bringing with them extreme winds, heavy rains, flood, tornadoes, and can force people to evacuate their homes, cause power outages and consequently spread disease. They can destroy personal property, infrastructure, and thus are extremely costly: hurricanes cost the US about $5 billion every year in damage.
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