Best Home Insurance Rates In Tennessee

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Tennessee is the home of Jack Daniels, the Grand Ole Opry, and American rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, and blues. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis all recorded in Memphis. The Volunteer State is also home to the nation’s most visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tennessee’s climate poses a number of homeowners insurance risks, including tornadoes.

Average Tennessee Homeowners Insurance Rates

How much is home insurance in Tennessee? Tennessee’s average homeowners insurance premiums are just about equal to the national average. The average cost of homeowners insurance in the state of Tennessee is $1,149. That's almost exactly the same as the national average of $1,173. There are 20 states with higher average home insurance rates than Tennessee.

Tennessee Average Annual Homeowners Insurance Rates
  2013 2014 2015
Tennessee Annual Average $1,090 $1,139 $1,149
Tennessee Price Per Month $91 $95 $96
US Annual Average $1,096 $1,132 $1,173
US Cost Per Month $91 $94 $98
National Rank 19 19 21
Source: Facts + Statistics: Homeowners insurance

The graph below shows the change in average Tennessee home insurance rates from 2011 to 2015, the most recent year the data is available. According to the III, Tennessee homeowners insurance rates increased from $915 in 2011 to $1,149 in 2015, a jump of $234 dollars, or 25.57 percent.

Tennessee average homeowners insurance rates

Choosing a homeowners insurance company in Tennessee should be easier. Actually, it’s already easy. The key to finding the best rates is to get a home insurance quotes comparison in Tennessee from multiple companies.

Most Popular Tennessee Home Insurance Companies

Last year, these were the most common home insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Tennessee. Out of the 16,978 Tennessee homeowners that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 1,220 had no home insurance.

  1. Allstate
  2. Farmers
  3. Liberty Mutual
  4. Geico
  5. Progressive
  6. Nationwide
  7. USAA
  8. Erie
  9. AAA
  10. Travelers
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Best Homeowners Insurance Companies in Tennessee

The above list shows the most popular home insurers in Tennessee according to our users. But popular doesn’t always mean best.

Our study on the Best Homeowners Insurance Companies focuses on top of the line companies. In no particular order, these companies stand out among the rest:

  1. Amica: Best Overall
  2. MetLife: Best for Bundling
  3. Allstate: Best for Local Agents
  4. Hartford: Best for Seniors
  5. State Farm: Best for Pet Owners
  6. Travelers: Best for Flexible Policies
  7. Nationwide: Best Replacement Coverage
  8. Farmers: Best for Eco-Friendly Homes
  9. Liberty Mutual: Best for Quick and Easy Quotes
  10. Auto Owners Insurance: Best Claims Experience
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Tennessee Home Insurance Company Market Share

Source: Insurance Information Institute
Rank Company Financial Rating Market Share
1 TN Farmers Mutual Insurance A+ 19.3%
2 Allstate A+ 8.1%
3 Liberty Mutual A 6.8%
4 USAA Insurance Group A++ 4.9%
5 Travelers Companies A+ 4.9%
6 Farmers Insurance A+ 3.9%
7 Nationwide Mutual A+ 3.9%
8 Erie Insurance A+ 2.4%
9 Auto-Owners Insurance A++ 2.1%
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Tennessee Home Insurance Rate Factors

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 Tennessee.

Average Home Listing Prices

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 Tennessee, the average listing price is $219,955 as of July 2015, somewhat lower than the national average of $284,748.

Average Burglary Rates

Burglary is a serious and sometimes violent property crime. States with higher average burglary rates generally have higher average home insurance premiums. That's because the likelihood that someone will need to file a claim is higher. According to data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report, in 2013, Tennessee’s average burglary rate was 785.1 per 100,000 people. That's quite a bit 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 Tennessee, there are 39.9 law enforcement personnel per 100,000 total citizens, which is a bit higher than the national median of 32 per 100,000.

Home Insurance Hazards

Tennessee is split into three distinct regions, each unique in geography and culture. The state’s climate is typical of the South. But the east is slightly wetter and warmer than the central and western regions, which are more mountainous. Overall, Tennessee experiences hot, humid summers, and mild winters, as well as thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Hot, humid summers: Tennessee is a warm place, where summer lasts from around May to around September. But eastern parts cool off a bit earlier than the rest of the state. Overall, July is the hottest month of the year. To the east, in Chattanooga, the July average high is 90 degrees. In the middle, in Nashville, it’s 89 degrees, and to the west, in Memphis, it’s 92 degrees. Even in October, high temperatures are typically above 70 degrees.

Humidity is also a big factor during Tennessee summers. From June through October, humidity peaks around 90%. As it is essentially moisture in the air, humidity can cause mold and mildew build-up when it gets trapped inside. This can be extremely damaging to your home.

Rain and thunderstorms: Tennessee is the sixth rainiest state, with an average of 54  inches of rain per year, much of it produced by thunderstorms. Tennessee experiences about 50 days of the year with some thunderstorm activity, and most parts average over 100 days of rain per year total. For example, in Gatlinburg, to the east, they average 150 days of rain. That adds uo to about 55 inches annually. But Memphis averages 108 days of rain and 53.7 inches annually. It’s clear that Tennessee receives a lot of rain throughout the year, especially between November and April, with another spike in July.

Thunderstorms are common during winter and spring in Tennessee; they bring heavy rain, strong winds, lightning, hail, and sometimes snow. Tornadoes and flash floods are also consequences of thunderstorms, and, because they’re so common, it’s important to prepare properly. 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, Tennessee averages 12 tornadoes per year. In 2012, the National Weather Service ranked Tennessee the #9 most tornado-prone state. Tornadoes are the most violent kind of storm, and are particularly severe in Tennessee, the state with the highest proportion of fatalities from tornadoes.

Tennessee Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Website:
Homepage
Insurance Commissioner:
Julie McPeak
Insurance Hotline:
800-342-4029
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
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