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Utah is known for having the greatest snow on earth, as it is home to some of the best ski resorts in the country. The Beehive State is also known for hosting the Sundance Film Festival, and having five national parks, seven national monuments, and seven national forests. Utah also boasts the highest birth rate and youngest population of any state. But, Utah’s propensity for cold, snowy winters and drought makes it a home for homeowners insurance hazards as well.
Utah has some of the lowest average home insurance premiums in the US. According to the most recent available data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2014, the average cost of homeowners insurance in the state of Utah was $634, about half the national average of $1,132. Only Oregon and Idaho have lower average home insurance rates than Utah.
|Utah Annual Average||$580||$609||$634|
|Utah Price Per Month||$48||$51||$53|
|US Annual Average||$1,034||$1,096||$1,132|
|US Cost Per Month||$86||$91||$94|
Choosing a homeowners insurance company in Utah 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 cheapest rates is to get a homeowners insurance quotes comparison in Utah from multiple companies.
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|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.||$290,751||8.0%|
|3||Workers Compensation Fund of Utah||$191,677||5.3%|
|5||Travelers Companies Inc.||$151,820||4.2%|
|6||Nationwide Mutual Group||$127,892||3.5%|
|8||American International Group||$120,902||3.3%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 8/5/2015)
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 Utah.
Home prices can greatly affect the cost of insurance in a given state. A higher average home price generally means higher premiums in that state. For Utah, the average listing price is $401,757 as of July 2015, much higher 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, Utah’s average burglary rate was 459.6 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 Utah, there are 23.4 law enforcement personnel per 100,000 total citizens, much lower than the national median of 32 per 100,000.
Utah is divided in two basic climate zones. Most of the state is arid, with low rainfall and wide temperature variations both daily and seasonally. The mountainous areas, especially in the north-central part of the state, tend to be colder and see heavy snowfall. The entire state is also vulnerable to wildfires.
Cold winters: Utah’s winters are not very cold overall, but at elevation, it does get quite cold. Southern and western Utah have winter temperatures ranging from an average low of about 20 degrees, to an average high of about 42 degrees. However, in northern Utah, it gets colder. In Salt Lake City, average winter highs are 37 degrees, and lows are 22 degrees. Likely due to the high elevation, north-central Utah is no stranger to cold temperatures. Peter’s Sink, Utah holds the record for the third-coldest temperature ever recorded in the US, -69 degrees. These cold winters, can be a home insurance hazard. In sub-freezing temperatures pipes can crack or leak and cause water damage which may or may not be covered by your homeowners insurance policy.
Snowfall: Utah is famous for its snowfall, which varies greatly within the state. Salt Lake City is the fourth-snowiest major city in the US, with over 56 inches per year. It is also tied for the seventh-most days of snow per year of any major US city, with 35 days a year. Just south of Salt Lake City, at Silver Lake, they average 82 days of snow per year and about 411 inches of snow annually. In Southern Utah, at Bryce Canyon National Park, the average snowfall is 32 days and 90 inches of snow annually. In comparison, a bit further west at Zion National Park, they average fewer than 3 days of snow per year, and only 4 inches of snow annually.
Snow can be a home insurance hazard in a number of ways. Heavy snow can accumulate on roofs, decks, and garages and cause a collapse. Cities can completely shut down if blizzard conditions occur, or if snow levels are abnormally high. And, as snow melts, flooding can occur, especially as the water streams into valleys. 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.
Lack of rainfall: Utah is the second-least rainy state in the US, behind only Nevada, with a mere 12.2 inches of rain on average. Brighton is the rainiest city, with an average of 44 inches per year, and 124 days of rain. Salt Lake City receives 16 inches on average, and 96 days per year with rain. Propensity for drought, combined with the hot, dry summers typical of Utah, can be a serious homeowners insurance hazard. In summer, most cities in Utah have an average high temperature at or above 90 degrees. According to the National Drought Monitor, 88% of Utah is experiencing some level of drought, ranked from D0 (abnormally dry) to D4 (exceptional drought). As of April 2015, 99% of Utah was facing conditions D1 (moderate drought) or higher. Drought can have a number of consequences, including diminished crop production, dust storms, and wildfires.
Wildfires: Of all the aftereffects of low rainfall, wildfires are the most prevalent in Utah. June 2015 alone saw five independent wildfires, burning over 4,000 acres. Hundreds of wildfires burn in Utah every year, though they are generally contained before growing above 10 acres. One of the most common causes for these wildfires is lightning strikes. Thunderstorms are somewhat common in Utah, and coupled with hot, dry conditions, lightning can start a fire that can grow easily. Utah averages 33 days of thunderstorms per year, almost all of which occur in July and August. The largest wildfire in Utah history was the Milford Flat Fire of 2007. This fire burned 363,052 acres and burned for about two weeks.
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