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Table of contents: Cheap car insurance for 22-year-olds — table of contents:

  1. By insurance company
  2. By gender
  3. By education level
  4. By credit tier
  5. By location
  6. By vehicle
  7. How to save

How much does car insurance cost for a 22-year-old?

A typical 22-year-old in the U.S. pays $2,205 per year for car insurance, on average — an annual premium that is 42% more than the national average for drivers of all ages, according to The Zebra's most recent research study.

The high cost of car insurance for 22-year-old drivers comes down to their relatively limited driving experience and less-robust insurance history, equating to greater risk for auto insurance companies. Below, our insurance expert breaks down the ins and outs of car insurance for 22-year-olds to help you find the best rates when comparing auto insurance options.


Which car insurance company is the cheapest for a 22-year-old driver?

Not every insurance company handles young drivers in the same way. The Zebra's industry-leading study gathered average rates from some of America's most popular insurance companies in ZIP codes across the nation. For our sample driver profile, we discovered that USAA was the cheapest for a 22-year-old driver, with GEICO a close second. Remember: your prices may vary. Use this data as a jumping-off point when looking for car insurance quotes.

Check out our guide to the best car insurance companies to compare each company by their customer satisfaction rating. 

Car insurance for 22-year olds: rates by company

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Company Avg. Annual Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
USAA $1,860 $155
GEICO $2,051 $171
Nationwide $2,153 $179
State Farm $2,429 $202
Farmers $2,492 $208
Progressive $2,703 $225
Allstate $3,392 $283

Source: The Zebra

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool data methodology

The Zebra’s Dynamic Insurance Rating Tool for home and auto insurance rates utilizes the latest ZIP code-level rate filings from across the U.S., sourced from Quadrant Information Services and S&P Global. These filings, typically updated annually or biennially by insurers, are verified through Quadrant’s QA process and then integrated into The Zebra’s estimator.

The displayed rates are based on a dynamic home and auto profile designed to reflect the content of the page. This profile is tailored to match specific factors such as age, location, and coverage level, which are adjusted based on the page content to show how these variables can impact premiums.

For a comprehensive understanding, see our detailed methodology.

Average cost by gender: 22-year-old car insurance rates for male and female drivers

As you age, the difference between car insurance premiums for men and women gets smaller. At the national level, the difference between men and women for auto insurance premiums is less than 1%. But the gap in insurance rates by gender at the age of 22 is over $200 per year, reflecting the elevated risk associated with young male motorists. This is accounted for with insurance companies charging higher rates.

Average annual insurance rates for 22-year old male and female drivers

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Gender Avg. Annual Premium
Male $2,654
Female $2,416

Source: The Zebra

What's the cheapest car insurance company for 22-year-old males?

Using the same user profile used above, we gathered rates from some of the top insurers in the US to see which was the most affordable for 22-year-old male drivers.

Average annual rates for 22-year old male drivers by company

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Company Avg. Annual Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Allstate $3,181 $265
Progressive $2,596 $216
Farmers $2,397 $200
State Farm $2,263 $189
Nationwide $2,069 $172
GEICO $1,975 $165
USAA $1,804 $150

Source: The Zebra

To find the cheapest rate, we recommend starting your search with USAA and GEICO, which can save you an average of $55 per month.

 

What's the cheapest car insurance company for 22-year-old females?

Conducting the same survey but for 22-year-old female drivers — who pay more than $200 less per year for auto insurance compared to their male counterparts — we found that GEICO and USAA were again the cheapest insurance companies for this demographic. 

Average premiums for 22-year old female drivers by company

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Company Avg. Annual Premium Avg. Monthly Premium
Allstate $3,181 $265
Progressive $2,596 $216
Farmers $2,397 $200
State Farm $2,263 $189
Nationwide $2,069 $172
GEICO $1,975 $165
USAA $1,804 $150

Source: The Zebra

Your early 20s is still quite an expensive time to be an insurance customer. Luckily, the cost of insurance tends to decline as you get older and get more driving experience. The best way to find the most affordable rate as a 22-year-old driver is to shop around as much as possible — don't be afraid to switch companies if you're offered a better rate elsewhere!

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Education and your car insurance

In the traditional route of life, most 22-year-olds have graduated from college and with that, comes some savings on auto insurance rates. Car insurance companies use the correlation between higher levels of education and decreased severity or frequency in claims to lower premiums with people with more education. Whether that's fair or not, the difference is only moderate.

Average annual premium based on education level

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Education Avg. Annual Premium
None $1,791
High School $1,782
Bachelors $1,760
Masters $1,757
PHD $1,757

Source: The Zebra

Credit score and insurance rates: for 22-year-old drivers

Your credit score is one of the primary rating factors for insurance companies. Statistically, drivers with lower credit scores (below 524) can pay up to double as much for car insurance as do drivers with excellent credit (823 or above). Just like education, this has to do with the correlation insurance companies observe between drivers with lower credit and an increased number of severe claims and car accidents. From an insurance perspective, if there is more risk associated with insuring a person with a poor credit score, a company will account for this risk with higher premiums.

Learn more about car insurance rates for drivers with good credit and bad credit.

Average rates by credit tier

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Credit Tier Avg. Annual Premium
Poor $3,147
Fair $2,071
Good $1,760
Very Good $1,627
Excellent $1,506

Source: The Zebra

How does location impact car insurance rates for 22-year-olds?

While you shouldn’t pick your home's location solely based on your prospective auto insurance costs, it's a factor worth considering. Residing in a densely populated metropolitan area could lead to more expensive auto insurance premiums, as more tightly packed cities see more frequent claims. Moreover, coastal areas in which floods are likely, such as Louisiana and Florida, are home to higher premiums.

Most expensive states for car insurance — 22-year old drivers

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State Avg. Annual Premium
Florida $3,994
Louisiana $3,946
Kentucky $3,674
Rhode Island $3,475
Michigan $3,363

Source: The Zebra

Which vehicles are cheapest to insure for a 22-year-old?

When an insurance quote is calculated, it takes into account a vehicle's attributes. Just as a driver's poor credit can be seen as an indicator of increased risk, a high-value car can also trigger high rates. New cars with high MSRPs — and their parts — are more expensive for an insurance company to replace. If you’re trying to find the cheapest car insurance coverage, a moderately priced used vehicle is the best car to insure.

Average annual premiums by vehicle type
Sedan Hybrid Luxury SUV Truck Van
$2,276 $2,110 $2,090 $1,934 $1,732 $1,688

Car insurance tips from The Zebra's experts

It's possible to save on car insurance without having to cut back on your coverage. Whether you're still in school, have bypassed college, or are celebrating a recent graduation, take these tips into account if you're seeking savings.

Good student and defensive driver discounts

These student discounts are pretty straightforward. In order to be considered a good student by an insurance company, you should maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and submit proof to your insurance company every policy period. In order to qualify for the defensive driver discount, you must take an actual defensive driving course and again, supply proof. While the amount varies per company, if you take advantage of both of these discounts, you can expect average savings upward of $100 per year.

 

Good student/good driver discount savings for young drivers
Age Male Female
21 $202 $117
22 $176 $103
23 $151 $88

Keep a clean driving record by avoiding accidents and incidents

This goes without saying, but it’s imperative as a young driver to stay out of trouble. While your age is already counting against you, you don’t want a DUI or unnecessary citation on your record, as it will affect your rate massively. In most states, you will be charged for a citation or at-fault accident for three years. Meaning, if you are rated for a DUI, your premium will increase an extra $3,297 cumulatively for those three years. If, however, you’re in California, you’ll actually be charged for 10 years as a result of that citation.

Accident/Violation Annual Premium Increase
None  
Speeding 11 - 15 MPH Over Limit $337
Speeding 16 - 20 MPH Over Limit $385
Speeding 21 - 25 MPH Over Limit $460
At-Fault Accident $767
Reckless Driving $1,038
Racing $1,131
DUI $1,099

Bundle your insurance policies

If you’re living on your own, you most likely have a homeowners insurance policy. A renters insurance policy acts as a liability policy for yourself and protects your personal property. While it's usually pretty inexpensive, you can save some money if you bundle your renters and car insurance policies. Through a multi-policy discount, your insurance rewards you for carrying two policies.

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About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance editorial content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.