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Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland” because it is America’s largest cheese producer, second largest milk producer, and second largest butter producer. Milwaukee was the original home of Schlitz beer, Miller Brewing, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. What’s more, the Badger State was the birthplace of the Harley and Davidson brothers, founders of Harley-Davidson, as well as Harry Houdini, Les Paul, Orson Welles, and Liberace. But, Wisconsin’s cold winters and stormy summers make it a home to homeowners insurance risks as well.
Wisconsin has very low average home insurance premiums. According to the most recent available data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2014, the average cost of homeowners insurance in the state of Wisconsin was $686, much lower than the national average of $1,132. Only three states have lower average home insurance rates than Wisconsin.
|Wisconsin Annual Average||$631||$665||$686|
|Wisconsin Price Per Month||$52||$55||$57|
|US Annual Average||$1,034||$1,096||$1,132|
|US Cost Per Month||$86||$91||$94|
Choosing a homeowners insurance company in Wisconsin 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 cheapest rates is to get a homeowners insurance quote comparison in Wisconsin from multiple companies.
Last year, these were the 10 most common home insurance companies reported by QuoteWizard users living in the state of Wisconsin. Out of the 9,473 Wisconsin homeowners that used QuoteWizard to request insurance quotes last year, 470 had no home insurance.
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|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||American Family Insurance Co.||$274,607||22.4%|
|2||ACUITY Mutual Insurance Co.||$54,704||4.5%|
|3||Farmers Insurance Group of Cos.||$48,217||3.9%|
|6||West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.||$44,437||3.6%|
|7||Auto-Owners Insurance Co.||$43,737||3.6%|
|8||Erie Insurance Group||$32,175||2.6%|
|9||USAA Insurance Group||$29,493||2.4%|
Source: A.M. Best (Ratings as of 8/5/2015)
|Rank||Company||Direct Premiums Written (in thousands)||Market Share|
|1||American Family Insurance Co.||$938,513||10.3%|
|3||Travelers Companies Inc.||$422,480||4.6%|
|4||West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.||$406,997||4.5%|
|5||ACUITY Mutual Insurance Co.||$360,572||3.9%|
|7||American International Group||$259,497||2.8%|
|8||QBE Insurance Co.||$209,372||2.3%|
|9||Zurich Insurance Group||$202,175||2.2%|
|*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 Wisconsin.
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 Wisconsin, the average listing price is $202,430 as of July 2015, much less 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, Wisconsin’s average burglary rate was 424.0 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 Wisconsin, there are 19.9 law enforcement personnel per 100,000 total citizens, which is a bit less than the national median of 32 per 100,000.
Wisconsin has a four season climate. Usually, winters are extremely cold and snowy. In the summers, the heat and humidity occasionally give way to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. These year-round extremes bring a number of homeowners insurance hazards.
Very cold winters: Its famously cold winters make Wisconsin the #8 coldest state on average. January is the coldest month of the year, when average highs are below freezing throughout the state. In January, Milwaukee has an average high of 29 degrees and a low of 16. In Madison, January temperatures average a high of 26 and a low of 11 degrees. In Drummond, in northern Wisconsin, average January temperatures range from a high of 20 degrees to a low of 0 degrees.
Winters also bring heavy snow to Wisconsin. In fact, Wisconsin averages 39 days and 51 inches of snow per year. That said, snowfall is quite variable. In Green Bay, they average 40 days of snow per year and about 51 inches of snow annually. Towards Lake Superior, Bayfield receives 66 days of snow per year, and a whopping 103 inches per year, on average. Also, Milwaukee is ranked #4 among major US cities with the most days each year below freezing, with 126 days.
Thunderstorms: Thunderstorms are most common between June and August in Wisconsin. Northern Wisconsin averages about 30 days of thunderstorms per year, while south and central Wisconsin average over 40 days per year. These thunderstorms contribute greatly to the average 115 rainy days in Wisconsin. Thunderstorms in Wisconsin can be dangerous and very destructive. They bring heavy rains, strong winds, lightning, and can cause tornadoes, wildfires, and flooding. Proper preparation is the best way to combat this kind of extreme weather. The only way to obtain flood insurance is through the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more about the NFIP here.
These thunderstorms are due in part to the state’s warm summers and high humidity. In summer months, southwestern parts of the state average 84 degrees with about 85% humidity, whereas eastern parts average closer to 80 degrees with about 85% humidity, and far north parts never have average highs above 80 degrees. This is because Lake Superior, to the northwest, moderates the surrounding area, keeping summers cooler and winters warmer.
Tornadoes: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes per year, and in 2012, the National Weather Service ranked Wisconsin as the #13 most tornado-prone state. In 2005, Wisconsin saw a record 62 tornadoes, mostly in the southern portion of the state, which is more vulnerable due to its closer proximity to Tornado Alley. Dane and Grant counties have the severe weather events most often, including tornadoes.
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