We recently published a few lists about property and income tax rates in each state. I am a real estate investor and these statistics can help other investors know what states are landlord friendly and which states are not! Another really interesting metric is the cost of insurance in each state. Many people think insurance is the same everywhere you go but that is not true. Some states have more natural disasters, more hail, more floods, and some states have very little of anything. This list gives an idea of what the insurance rates are in each state although certain areas within a state can vary greatly. If you live on a river in any state you will most likely have a pretty hefty insurance bill!
Why do insurance rates change?
Insurance companies are in the business to make money. They insure properties and hope that the claims are less than the money people pay for their insurance minus all the expenses that go into the business. If an area has a high rate of insurance claims the insurance rates will most likely increase in that area. Areas that are prone to flooding, big thunderstorms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters have higher rates. Properties that are in flood zones often have the highest insurance rates since a flood will often cause a total loss and in some cases, you can not even rebuild in a flood zone.
Insurance rates by state
*Numbers from the Insurance Information Institute – iii.org
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