Austin, Texas is known for its blend of bustling city life, outdoor activities, and established and eclectic music scene. This capital city offers a lot, but Austin residents should be aware of the city’s propensity for strong winds, hail, and flooding. When it comes to flood disasters in Austin, it’s not a matter of "if,” but rather "when," area residents will want to consider flood insurance in addition to comprehensive homeowners insurance.
The average cost of homeowners insurance in Austin is $2,196 per year or $183 a month. This is around 30% lower than the statewide average of $3,080 per year, but about 24% higher than the national average of $1,899.
However, cost isn’t the only factor to consider when choosing a home insurance company. Not sure what to look for? Policygenius can help you figure out your coverage needs and compare quotes from multiple top companies in Austin.
Best homeowners insurance companies in Austin
Of the companies we analyzed, Farmers has the lowest rate in the Austin area, with an average yearly cost of $475. That's over $1,700 cheaper than the state average. In addition to Farmers, Austin residents can also find cheap rates with Texas Farm Bureau Insurance.
When shopping for homeowners insurance, it's important to consider factors aside from just cost. You’ll also want to check customer satisfaction and claims ratings with J.D. Power so that you have an idea of a company's overall performance.
Policygenius analyzed thousands of quotes from the 5 largest Austin insurers to find the average cost of homeowners insurance with each company in 2022. We then looked at 2021 J.D. Power customer satisfaction scores and compared that with the coverage needs of Austin residents to find the best homeowners insurance in Austin.
Why State Farm tops our best list
State Farm tops our best list because of their relatively low rates, excellent customer satisfaction ratings with J.D. Power, and numerous discount options. Part of the reason State Farm’s high ratings is because they make it easy to manage and use your policy. So when it comes time to paying your bill, changing your coverage or filing a claim, you won’t be left scratching your head.
How to get a quote
Online through State Farm
Why USAA tops our best list
USAA combines great coverage options with high customer satisfaction ratings, making this a great home insurance option for military service members and their families. USAA’s basic policy options are known to include coverages and perks that other companies consider add-ons, giving you access to specialized coverages at no additional cost.
How to get a quote
Online through USAA
Why Farmers tops our best list
Farmers offers extended and guaranteed replacement cost, two dwelling coverage enhancements that ensure your home will be completely protected in the extent of an expensive loss. This can be especially helpful to Austin residents who live in areas prone to wildfire damage.
How to get a quote
Online through Farmers
Why Nationwide tops our best list
Nationwide offers numerous optional coverages including extended replacement cost, earthquake coverage, and separate flood insurance. If you live in a floodplain in or around Austin, you’ll want to strongly consider flood insurance in addition to your home insurance policy.
How to get a quote
Online through Policygenius or Nationwide
Why Texas Farm Bureau Insurance tops our best list
Texas Farm Bureau Insurance is a one-stop shop for all of your insurance needs. As a local provider who understands the lay of the land, Texas Farm Bureau offers a level of customer service and knowledge that will help Austin homeowners get the coverage they need.
How to get a quote
By calling Texas Farm Bureau Insurance
Cheapest homeowners insurance companies by ZIP code in Austin
Looking at average home insurance costs for 15 of the most popular companies in Austin, we found that the cheapest home insurance in the city can be found in the 78747 ZIP code (south Austin) with Farmers. The average Farmers rate in this area is $358 per year — significantly less than the city average of $2,196 per year.
Homeowners in most areas of Austin are likely to find the cheapest rates with Farmers or State Auto. These two insurers had the cheapest average yearly cost in every Austin ZIP code that we looked at.
The most affordable areas for homeowners insurance in Austin
With an average home insurance rate of $2,008 per year, the 78717 ZIP code (north Austin), is the most affordable area for home insurance in Austin.
The most expensive areas for homeowners insurance in Austin
With an average home insurance rate of $3,832, the 78799 ZIP code (downtown Austin) is the most expensive area for home insurance in Austin. On average, downtown areas are more densely populated and have higher rates of crime, which can explain the higher average yearly costs.
Shopping for homeowners insurance in Austin
It’s important to find the right homeowners insurance for your home, not simply your budget — so you’ll also want to make sure your policy provides enough protection for your house and lifestyle.
In this section, we break down the average annual home insurance rates in Austin for different coverage and deductible levels, as well as the cheapest and most expensive home insurance companies in the state for individuals with a poor credit score, dog owners, and pool owners.
Once you’re ready to shop for home insurance, a Policygenius expert can help you navigate your coverage needs and help you find the best deal on homeowners insurance in Austin.
Austin home insurance costs by coverage amounts
Homeowners insurance isn't just one single coverage, but rather multiple coverages that ensure your home is fully insured. The most important of these is your dwelling coverage. This covers the cost to repair or replace the physical structure of your home in the event of a covered loss.
The table below shows the relationship between dwelling coverage amounts and average yearly cost. In general, more dwelling coverage means higher yearly premiums. In Austin, the biggest rate jump is between the $300,000 and $400,000 range.
Home insurance also includes personal liability coverage that covers everything from expensive medical bills to lawsuits in the event you’re legally responsible for an injury or property damage. Your personal liability coverage limit should be high enough to cover the total value of your assets, including your home, automobiles, belongings, and any investments.
The table below highlights the average yearly cost for different liability coverage amounts. Unlike dwelling coverage, higher liability coverage limits don’t necessarily correlate with higher average home insurance premiums in Austin.
Austin home insurance costs by deductible amount
Your homeowners insurance deductible is the amount of money you’re responsible for paying before your insurance will kick in to cover a claim. A low policy deductible generally means a higher home insurance rate, and vice versa.
As seen in the table below, Austin residents can save around $600 on home insurance by choosing a $2,000 deductible over the $500 option.
Home insurance discounts in Austin
Most insurance companies will apply discounts to your policy if you add safety features to your home, including dead blots, smoke alarms, and burglar alarms. These features not only make your home safer for you and your family, but they also help reduce the chances that you'll need to file a claim.
While you won’t get a huge discount if your house has one of the following features and nothing else, they can add up if you have several protective devices in your home. Here is the average annual rate and average discount percentage for homes in Austinwith deadbolts, smoke alarms, or burglar alarms.
Home insurance companies in Austin for dog owners
Some insurance companies deem certain dog breeds as agressive or dangerous and a high liability risk. To offset that risk, many insurers charge higher rates to homeowners who own one of these breeds.
With an average rate of $475 per year, Farmers has the cheapest home insurance rates in Austin for a home with a dangerous dog breed, while Nationwide's average yearly premium of $3,388 is the highest.
Home insurance companies in Austin for poor credit
Credit is another factor used to determine insurance coverage and yearly cost. Insurers equate low credit scores with frequent claims, so to offset this risk, they’ll charge you higher premiums if you have poor credit.
With an average rate of $956 per year, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance has the cheapest home insurance rates in Austin for a homeowner with poor credit, while Nationwide's average yearly premium of $4,110 is the highest.
Home insurance companies in Austin for pool owners
Insurance companies view pools as a liability risk, and Austin residents with a backyard pool will often see this heightened risk reflected in their home insurance rates.
With an average rate of $475 per year, Farmers has the cheapest home insurance rates for Austin homes that have a swimming pool, while USAA's average yearly premium of $3,388 is the most expensive.
How to buy homeowners insurance in Austin
To make sure you’re getting the right coverage at the best rates, it's important to compare policies from different companies.
Reach out to a licensed Policygenius agent. Our team of licensed insurance experts will help you figure out how much coverage you need and what company offers it at the best price.
Ask about Texas FAIR Plan Association – Texas's FAIR Plan provider. For Austin residents who find it difficult to qualify for a traditional homeowners policy, consider applying for the Texas FAIR Plan — a type of last-resort coverage for Texas residents. Ask your Policygenius agent about whether or not a policy through the FAIR Plan Association is right for you.
Consider purchasing flood insurance. Flooding is a real and present threat year-round for Austin homeowners — especially during tornado season in Texas. Standard home insurance policies don't cover flooding, so be sure to ask your Policygenius agent about separate flood insurance.
Determine your deductible limit. Be sure to consider your deductible limit carefully. While a high deductible means short term savings, you’ll also be left paying more out of pocket when it comes time to file a claim.
Compare quotes from a Policygenius agent. Once you’ve provided all of the necessary information, Policygenius will present quotes from multiple home insurance companies to help you find a policy to suit your needs
Choose your policy, sign it, and pay your first premium. The only thing left to do is pick a company, sign your new policy, and pay your first premium. A Policygenius agent will make sure everything is in order — and they can even cancel your old policy for you.
Policygenius has analyzed home insurance rates provided by Quadrant Information Services in March 2022 for ZIP codes in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., for a 40-year-old female homeowner with no claim history, good credit, a $1,000 deductible, and the following coverage limits:
Other structures: $30,000
Personal property: $150,000
Loss of use: $60,000
All rates based on the above coverage limits except where otherwise noted.
Some carriers may be represented by affiliates or subsidiaries. Rates provided are a sample of costs. Your actual quotes may differ.