Are Auto Insurance Rates Going Up in Wisconsin?

The Zebra
May 31, 2019

As most drivers can attest, auto insurance rates usually rise each year. But car insurance is complex: justifications for rate hikes and price cuts vary, and may differ based on the driver's location.

Among the primary rating factors insurance companies use to set rates is location. The state, city, and ZIP code in which a car is stored and driven contribute to auto insurance rates — this comes down to state statutes and the differing levels of risk associated with insuring cars in various areas of the country.

Due to the dynamic nature of car insurance pricing, rate trends vary widely by state. Auto insurance prices might be increasing year-over-year in a state while they drop in a neighboring state.

See below auto insurance rate trends in Wisconsin. If your policy isn't following your state's trend, consider shopping for a cheaper insurance option. The Zebra's car insurance comparison engine furnishes car insurance rates based on your specific profile — enter your ZIP below to get started.


Car insurance price trends in Wisconsin


Average annual auto insurance premiums in Wisconsin increased by $34 from 2017 to 2018. A normal driver in Wisconsin pays an average of $1,070 annually.

The recent trend in Wisconsin leans toward more expensive auto insurance costs. Between 2015 and 2018, rates grew more expensive by $14 annually. Meanwhile, auto insurance rates nationwide have gone up recently, rising from $1,280 in 2015 to $1,470 in 2018.


ANNUAL INSURANCE RATE TRENDS IN WISCONSIN
YearAvg. Annual Premium — WisconsinYearly Change — WisconsinAvg. Annual Premium — USAYearly Change — US
2018$1,070$34$1,470$32
2017$1,036-$78$1,437$69
2016$1,114$58$1,368$88
2015$1,056$57$1,280$51
2014$999$62$1,229$34
2013$937-$13$1,195-$80
2012$950$154$1,276$82

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How are auto insurance rates trending in major cities in Wisconsin?


Auto insurance rates are priced at the local level, with many location-specific variables influencing premiums. That means drivers could see major differences in their insurance rates, based solely on their city or ZIP code. For example, drivers in Milwaukee faced a bigger year-over-year rate increase (5.7%) than their intrastate neighbors in Madison (4.2%) between 2018 and 2017.

See below annual rate changes in major Wisconsin municipalities. If your city is expensive — and moving isn't on the table — consider shopping around for a more affordable rate.


CityAvg. Premium Increase — 2018 vs. 2017
Milwaukee5.7%
Madison4.2%
Appleton4.1%
Green Bay4.1%
Kenosha3.6%

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