Renters Insurance

Renters Insurance

A 2014 Insurance Information Institute poll conducted by ORC International found that 95 percent of homeowners had homeowners insurance. Among renters, only 37 percent said they had renters insurance. However, this proportion has been increasing since the first time the question was asked in 2011, when 29 percent of renters said they had renters insurance.

Nationwide, 48.1 percent of renters spent at least 30 percent of their household income on rent and utilities in 2012, according to the U.S. Census. In California the percentage was 54.6 percent of renters, the highest among all the states. In some of the largest cities, renters significantly outnumber homeowners. In 2010, 69 percent of households rented their homes in New York City, followed by Los Angeles (61.8 percent), Chicago (55.1 percent) and Houston (54.6 percent), according to the U.S. Census. A 2012 report from the latest U.S. Census also shows that the number of people living in city centers is increasing, with Chicago experiencing the largest numeric gain in its downtown area.

The renter share of all households in the United States increased steadily from 34.1 percent in 2009 to 34.6 percent in 2010 to 35.4 percent in 2011, according to an April, 2013 report by the Census. In 2011 the metropolitan areas with the highest share of renting households were Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA (50.8 percent), followed by New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA (48.9 percent), San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA (46.7 percent), Las Vegas-Paradise, NV (46.4 percent) and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA (46.3 percent). (Note: each metropolitan area encompasses a broader area than an individual city). Young adults are more likely than other age groups to live in rental housing, with 72 percent of householders under age 30 or younger living in rental housing, according to an analysis by the National Multi Housing Council. Relative to other households, renters are also more likely to be single-person households, according to Harvard’s 2013 State of the Nation’s Housing Report. As of early 2013, 37 percent of renters are single-person households, a much larger share than the 23 percent of owner-occupants.

         

AVERAGE PREMIUMS FOR HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS INSURANCE, UNITED STATES, 2004-2012

Year Homeowners (1) Percent change Renters (2) Percent change
2004 $729 9.1% $195 1.6%
2005 764 4.8 193 -1.0
2006 804 5.2 189 -2.1
2007 822 2.2 182 -3.7
2008 830 1.0 182 (3)
2009 880 6.0 184 1.1
2010 909 3.3 185 0.5
2011 978 7.6 187 1.1
2012 1,034 5.7 187 (3)

(1) Based on the HO-3 homeowner package policy for owner-occupied dwellings, 1 to 4 family units. Provides “all risks” coverage (except those specifically excluded in the policy) on buildings and broad named-peril coverage on personal property, and is the most common package written.
(2) Based on the HO-4 renters insurance policy for tenants. Includes broad named-peril coverage for the personal property of tenants.
(3) Less than 0.1 percent.

Source: © 2015 National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Reprinted with permission. Further reprint or distribution strictly prohibited without written permission of NAIC.

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  • A 2014 Insurance Information Institute poll conducted by ORC International found that 95 percent of homeowners had homeowners insurance but only 37 percent of renters had renters insurance.
  • The U.S. home ownership rate was 65.1 percent in 2013, down from 65.4 percent in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The 2010 Census showed that in some of the largest cities renters outnumbered owners, including New York, where 69.0 percent of households were renter occupied, followed by Los Angeles (61.8 percent), Chicago (55. 1 percent) and Houston (54.6 percent).
  • There were 10.7 million renters policies in 2011, up by 10 percent from 9.7 million in 2010, and up by 53 percent from 7.0 million in 2006.

AVERAGE PREMIUMS FOR HOMEOWNERS AND RENTERS INSURANCE BY STATE, 2012 (1)

  Homeowners Renters   Homeowners Renters
State Average
premium (2)
Rank (3) Average
premium (4)
Rank (3) State Average
premium (2)
Rank (3) Average
premium (4)
Rank (3)
Alabama  $1,248 6 $239 3 Montana $871 28 $145 38
Alaska  942 24 161 28 Nebraska 1,040 17 150 35
Arizona  691 43 195 15 Nevada 674 45 193 16
Arkansas  1,096 15 215 9 New Hampshire 848 29 150 35
California (5) 980 21 207 12 New Jersey 981 20 166 26
Colorado  1,038 18 169 24 New Mexico 844 30 183 18
Connecticut  1,160 9 196 14 New York 1,158 10 211 11
D.C. 678 44 153 34 North Carolina 927 25 134 39
Delaware 1,103 14 164 27 North Dakota 1,038 18 115 42
Florida  2,084 1 217 8 Ohio 721 42 185 17
Georgia  975 22 226 6 Oklahoma 1,501 4 234 4
Hawaii  957 23 221 7 Oregon 567 49 168 25
Idaho  538 50 157 31 Pennsylvania 804 35 156 32
Illinois  881 27 171 23 Rhode Island 1,233 7 182 19
Indiana  840 32 182 19 South Carolina 1,134 13 196 14
Iowa  779 39 147 37 South Dakota 789 37 118 41
Kansas  1,213 8 174 21 Tennessee 1,008 19 212 10
Kentucky  916 26 171 23 Texas (6) 1,661 3 228 5
Louisiana  1,742 2 242 2 Utah 580 48 145 38
Maine  741 41 149 36 Vermont 782 38 154 33
Maryland  837 33 160 29 Virginia  843 31 158 30
Massachusetts  1,150 11 206 13 Washington 648 46 173 22
Michigan  802 36 207 12 West Virginia 771 40 176 20
Minnesota  1,140 12 149 36 Wisconsin 631 47 130 40
Mississippi  1,314 5 244 1 Wyoming 821 34 156 32
Missouri  1,091 16 182 19 United States $1,034   $187  

(1) See previous chart for state funds and residual markets included.
(2) Based on the HO-3 homeowner package policy for owner-occupied dwellings, 1 to 4 family units. Provides “all risks” coverage (except those specifically excluded in the policy) on buildings and broad named-peril coverage on personal property, and is the most common package written.
(3) Ranked from highest to lowest. States with the same premium receive the same rank.
(4) Based on the HO-4 renters insurance policy for tenants. Includes broad named-peril coverage for the personal property of tenants.
(5) Data provided by the California Department of Insurance.
(6) The Texas Department of Insurance developed home insurance policy forms that are similar but not identical to the standard forms. In addition, due to the Texas Windstorm Association (which writes wind-only policies) classifying HO-1, 2 and 5 premiums as HO-3, the average premium for homeowners insurance is artificially high.

Note: Average premium=Premiums/exposure per house years. A house year is equal to 365 days of insured coverage for a single dwelling. The NAIC does not rank state average expenditures and does not endorse any conclusions drawn from this data.

Source: © 2015 National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Reprinted with permission. Further reprint or distribution strictly prohibited without written permission of NAIC.

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PERCENT OF OCCUPIED HOUSING UNITS THAT ARE OWNER OCCUPIED, 2013

 

State Percent Rank (1) State Percent Rank (1)
Alabama 68.0% 14 Montana 66.9% 20
Alaska 63.5 32 Nebraska 66.0 29
Arizona 62.1 35 Nevada 54.3 48
Arkansas 65.7 25 New Hampshire 70.2 7
California 53.8 43 New Jersey 64.0 36
Colorado 64.5 29 New Mexico 67.9 17
Connecticut 63.3 33 New York 53.7 50
Delaware 71.7 2 North Carolina 64.3 35
D.C. 40.7 45 North Dakota 64.8 37
Florida 64.8 28 Ohio 66.1 29
Georgia 62.7 34 Oklahoma 65.5 27
Hawaii 56.2 41 Oregon 60.8 45
Idaho 69.4 8 Pennsylvania 68.9 12
Illinois 65.9 24 Rhode Island 60.4 46
Indiana 68.5 12 South Carolina 68.2 16
Iowa 70.8 5 South Dakota 67.2 20
Kansas 66.1 22 Tennessee 66.4 24
Kentucky 67.4 16 Texas 61.8 42
Louisiana 66.0 23 Utah 69.2 9
Maine 70.2 3 Vermont 71.0 6
Maryland 66.5 26 Virginia 65.6 31
Massachusetts 61.5 44 Washington 61.9 42
Michigan 70.6 5 West Virginia 72.3 1
Minnesota 71.6 3 Wisconsin 67.2 19
Mississippi 67.2 15 Wyoming 69.1 11
Missouri 67.0 18 United States 63.5%  

(1) States with the same percentages receive the same rank.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau; American Community Survey.

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  • In 2013 West Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota and Vermont had the highest percentage of owner-occupied housing units.
  • The District of Columbia had the lowest percentage of owner-occupied units, followed by New York, California, Nevada and Hawaii.

HOUSEHOLD INCOME SPENT ON RENT AND UTILITIES, 2013

 

State Percent (1) Rank (2) State Percent (1) Rank (2)
Alabama 43.6% 36   Montana 42.5% 40
Alaska 39.8 46   Nebraska 41.3 43
Arizona 45.8 22   Nevada 46.7 19
Arkansas 42.2 41   New Hampshire 45.3 26
California 54.1 1   New Jersey 51.1 3
Colorado 49.0 10   New Mexico 46.0 21
Connecticut 49.3 8   New York 50.8 5
Delaware 46.7 17   North Carolina 45.1 29
D.C. 46.7 18   North Dakota 38.6 48
Florida 53.4 2   Ohio 44.6 32
Georgia 47.8 14   Oklahoma 40.4 44
Hawaii 50.8 4   Oregon 50.2 7
Idaho 43.1 39   Pennsylvania 46.1 20
Illinois 45.8 23   Rhode Island 49.3 9
Indiana 45.2 27   South Carolina 45.2 28
Iowa 39.6 47   South Dakota 36.4 51
Kansas 41.3 42   Tennessee 44.6 33
Kentucky 40.1 45   Texas 44.2 35
Louisiana 45.5 25   Utah 43.6 37
Maine 47.8 15   Vermont 50.3 6
Maryland 48.4 11   Virginia 45.6 24
Massachusetts 47.5 16   Washington 48.0 13
Michigan 48.2 12   West Virginia 38.4 49
Minnesota 44.8 30   Wisconsin 44.3 34
Mississippi 43.5 38   Wyoming 37.4 50
Missouri 44.7 31 United States 47.6%  

(1) Percent of renter-occupied units spending 30 percent or more on rent and utilities such as electric, gas, water and sewer, and fuel (oil, coal, etc.) if paid by the renter.
(2) States with the same percentages receive the same rank.

Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau; American Community Survey.

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  • Nationwide, 48.1 percent of renters spent at least 30 percent of their household income on rent and utilities in 2012.
  • Nationwide, 47.6 percent of renters spent at least 30 percent of their household income on rent and utilities in 2013.
  • In 2013 South Dakota, Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota and Iowa had the lowest percentage of rental units in which occupants spent 30 percent or more of their income on rent. California, Florida, New Jersey, Hawaii and New York had the highest percentage.