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Washington is known as the Evergreen State. But the homeowners insurance risks are very different depending on whether you’re east or west of the Cascade Mountains.
Washington has some of the lowest average homeowners insurance premiums of any US state. The Insurance Information Institute reported that the average cost of homeowners insurance in the state of Washington was $811. That is far lower than the national average of $1,173. Only seven states have lower average home insurance rates than Washington.
|Washington Annual Average||$676||$695||$811|
|Washington Price Per Month||$56||$58||$67|
|US Annual Average||$1,096||$1,132||$1,173|
|US Cost Per Month||$91||$94||$97|
Choosing a homeowners insurance company should be easier. It’s already easy. You could just go with whichever company your mortgage lender recommends, but you won’t get the best rates. The key to finding the cheapest rates is to compare home insurance quotes in Washington State from multiple companies.
Last year, these were the 10 most common home insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Washington. Out of the 13,406 Washington homeowners that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 677 had no home insurance.
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|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.||$201,633||13.7%|
|4||USAA Insurance Group||$112,167||7.6%|
|5||PEMCO Mutual Insurance Co.||$86,916||5.9%|
|6||American Family Mutual||$50,810||3.5%|
|7||Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co.||$47,739||3.3%|
|8||Hartford Financial Services||$45,021||3.1%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 9/10/2015)
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 factors that affect the cost of homeowners insurance in Washington.
Home prices can greatly affect the cost of insurance in a state. A higher average home price often means higher premiums in that state. For Washington, the average listing price is $331,088 as of July 2015, much higher than the national average of $284,748.
Western Washington has some home hazards that are unusual for most of America.
States with more law enforcement per capita tend to be safer than states with fewer policemen and women. In Washington, there are 30.9 law enforcement personnel per 100,000 total citizens. This is a bit lower than the national median of 32 per 100,000.
Volcano: Mt. Rainier, the tallest mountain in the state of Washington, is also a volcano. In fact, geologists consider it among the world's most dangerous volcanoes. It’s less than 60 miles from Seattle, and even closer to Tacoma. If it were to erupt, it could damage or destroy thousands of homes.
Tsunami: Western Washington borders the seismically active region referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire. There's a major risk the Washington coast could be struck by a tsunami after an earthquake in Japan or Alaska. Or even the Pacific Ocean's seafloor.
Western Washington also has some more typical home hazards, reflecting the local climate and geology.
Mold: It's very damp for nine months out of the year. So, Western Washington homes are at an elevated risk of mold.
Flood: Mold isn’t the only homeowner hazard issue caused by Western Washington’s rainy weather. Flooding is a frequent occurrence on rivers in the area. Remember, standard homeowner’s insurance policies don’t cover flood damage. The only way to obtain flood insurance is through the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more about the NFIP here.
Earthquake: According to the US Geological Survey, Washington is the 5th most seismically active state. Earthquakes aren't covered by a standard homeowners insurance policy. But most insurers can add an earthquake coverage endorsement to your policy. However, in areas prone to earthquakes, your deductible will be large.
Landslide: Any place that combines mountains, hills and rain like Western Washington is going to have landslides. For evidence of this fact, one need look no further than the rural community of Oso, Washington. in March of 2014, a massive, lethal landslide occurred there. Most homeowners policies do not cover landslides or mudslides. If your home is on top of a hill or at it's base, you should think about reducing your risk.
Eastern Washington is on the dry side of the Cascades and away from the coast,. It's also less active seismically than Western Washington. So, the above hazards are less of a concern here.
However, Eastern Washington has a few hazards that are a bigger issue there than in Western Washington.
Winter Weather: Accumulating snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures are rare in the lowlands of Western Washington. It's much more common in Eastern Washington. For instance, Spokane, the largest city in Eastern Washington, averages 45 inches of snow per year. Seattle averages only 7 inches of snow. Accumulating snow and ice can collapse roofs and bring down power lines. And temperatures as high as the teens can cause pipes to freeze and burst.
Wildfire: Washington gets much less rain east of the Cascades. As a result, wildfires are a common occurrence in Eastern and Central Washington, mostly in the summer.
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