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Chris Harrigan has an economic degree from Limestone College and an MBA from Clemson University. He previously managed auto insurance claims for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Currently, he is using his business and insurance expertise to provide insurance data analysis and visualizations to enhance the user experience.

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Former Auto Insurance Claims Manager

UPDATED: Mar 31, 2021

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Key takeaways...

  • Comparing car insurance is a great way to save money
  • You should always compare at least three quotes before making a final decision
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The car insurance industry is huge in terms of volume and economic impact however exactly how many car insurance companies are there?

Most states have somewhere between 100-200 car insurance companies licensed to sell private passenger automobile insurance.

However, even states with relatively lower numbers (like Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Alaska) still have more than enough car insurance companies to provide a competitive consumer market.

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In 2010 the estimated number of car insurance companies by state are:

Number of  Car Insurance Companies by State * (estimated 2010)

Alaska 47 Montana 97
Alabama 125 North Carolina 110
Arkansas 116 North Dakota 84
Arizona 172 Nebraska 120
California 137 New Hampshire 105
Colorado 141 New Jersey 81
Connecticut 126 New Mexico 103
D.C. 79 Nevada 127
Delaware 86 New York 174
Florida 159 Ohio 165
Georgia 188 Oklahoma 145
Hawaii 41 Oregon 137
Iowa 142 Pennsylvania 176
Idaho 114 Rhode Island 107
Illinois 196 South Carolina 119
Indiana 193 South Dakota 103
Kansas 137 Tennessee 158
Kentucky 116 Texas 127
Louisiana 104 Utah 125
Massachusetts 23 Virginia 175
Maryland 115 Vermont 99
Maine 97 Washington 132
Michigan 88 Wisconsin 164
Minnesota 149 West Virginia 80
Missouri 152 Wyoming 84
Mississippi 116

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Who is the best car insurance company?

Any effort to single out the best individual car insurance company is almost an impossible task.

Every driver has unique needs and every car insurance company has different strengths and weaknesses so you need to find a fair balance between cost, coverage, and reputation.

What you can do to help narrow your search, however, is to review industry ratings by companies such as J.D. Powers and Associates, ask friends for company referrals and do an online search for car insurance company reviews.

We put together a car insurance comparison chart with some industry ratings (2010) here. Use our FREE quote tool to compare insurance rates today!