Mississippi Home Insurance - What's Happening
Before you shop for Mississippi home insurance quotes, it's important to understand how different factors impact what you end up paying. Mississippi home insurance rates are set by the state and provide a baseline for how much you'll pay. Providers then will take features of the home and homeowner into account to arrive at your premiums.
The state is well known for its hot and humid summers, but the biggest risks to Mississippi homeowners are hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. During the second quarter of 2014, Mississippi home insurance rates were $1,129, well above the national average.
That doesn't mean you can't get good coverage that fits your budget. Call HomeInsurance.com to get your free home insurance quote. If you can't call, fill out our short informational form to get started on a quote.
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Mississippi Home Insurance Report Card
We get that buying home insurance is complicated. We've demystified it by assigning each state grades based on information collected from HomeInsurance.com customers about their houses. It's a coloring-outside-the-lines approach that shows how factors about a home can affect what you pay for coverage.
Home (Grades related to the house itself)
Homes in the Magnolia State are newer, which helped offset the larger than average square footage. Low replacement costs also boosted the state's grade for this category.
Average year built
The average Mississippi home was built in 1990, ten years more recently than the national average. Newer homes usually have lower premiums.
Average home size
At 2,073 square feet, the state's average home is larger than the U.S. average. Larger homes are more expensive to insure, in general, because they cost more to replace.
Average replacement cost
In the event of a total loss, replacing your house would cost a little less than $249,000, on average; that's much less than the national mean.
% of homes with sump pump
There are almost no homes in Mississippi with basements, so it's no surprise the state ranked poorly for homes with sump pumps.
Property (Factors related to the property and location)
Mississippi ranked among the best in the United States in our property and location categories. As a homeowner, you have to insure all structures on your property, including sheds, detached garages, and fences. This coverage is rolled into a standard home insurance policy under 'other structures.'
Average structure cost
The average cost of insuring other structures on Mississippi homeowners' property averaged $29,810, more than the national average.
% of homes with a swimming pool
Swimming pools create extra liability, which raises premiums. Only 6.7% of Mississippi homes reported owning swimming pools.
%ATV/Snowmobile on property
Almost no Mississippians keep all-terrain vehicles on their property. Again, such vehicles increase liability.
Bonus (Other factors that influence your home insurance premiums)
% of homes with fire extinguishers
Almost 100% of Mississippi homeowners reported having a fire extinguisher in the home.
% of homes with dead bolt locks on exterior doors
Mississippi was once again at the front of the pack with nearly all homes reporting dead bolts on exterior doors.
% of homes with smoke detectors
Smoke detectors are a crucial part of home safety, and the vast majority of Mississippi homeowners know that.
% of homes with security alarms
About 19% of homeowners had burglar alarms, similar to the national average.
Overall Grade - A (ahead of the pack)
Mississippi homeowners scored particularly well for taking preventive measures to lessen the impact of fire and prevent burglaries, but they also did well in many other categories. Why are preventive measures so important? Consider fires: Items such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors can keep a small house fire contained, and that's important to Mississippi home insurance providers. The average U.S. fire claim exceeds $33,000.