If you’re looking to save money on auto insurance, you may want to move.
Although auto insurance rates are based on a variety of risk factors, your location is normally a big factor for auto insurance companies. Each year, Insure.com publishes a study that compares car insurance rates by state and this year’s study has been released.
The average annual insurance premiums were calculated based on rates from six large carriers: Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Nationwide, Progressive, and State Farm. Rates were compiled in May 2017 and include 10 zip codes per state. Rates are based on full coverage for a single, 40-year-old male who commutes 12 miles to work each day, with policy limits of $100,000 for injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries, $50,000 for property damage in an accident, and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage. The hypothetical driver has a clean record and good credit, and the rate includes uninsured motorist coverage.
Here are the top 10 cheapest states for car insurance:
Kicking off the top 10 cheapest states for auto insurance list is Utah, with an average annual premium of $1,068.
9. South Dakota
South Dakota edges out Utah with an average annual rate of $1,058.
Virginia lands in eighth place this year, where residents can expect to pay $1,040 annually for car insurance.
With an average annual premium of $1,021, Indiana is the seventh-cheapest state in the U.S. for auto insurance this year.
The difference isn’t by much, but Iowa finishes sixth with an average annual insurance cost of $1,017.
5. North Carolina
Drivers in North Carolina can expect to pay an average of $1,010 each year for auto insurance.
The following four states all have average annual premiums of less than $1,000, with Vermont costing $948.
Idaho has the cheapest car insurance in the western U.S., with an average annual premium of $942. The state benefits from a rural population, moderate weather, and a competitive marketplace says Insure.com.
Strong competition in the auto insurance market in Ohio contributes to its low costs with an average annual premium of $919. Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment also says that Ohio has “fair and vigilant regulations” that help support customers.
But if you’re looking for the cheapest annual insurance rates in the U.S., then Maine is the place to be. The quiet, rural, and truly tranquil state benefits from a lack of huge urban areas to keep auto insurance costs low. This year it took the top spot with an average annual premium of $864, which is 34 percent less than the national average of $1,318.