The best home insurance companies for hurricane insurance

Shopping for home insurance in a hurricane-prone area is stressful; coverage is hard to find, rates are climbing and some companies are leaving the highest-risk areas like Florida.

To help you find a great insurance company to protect you from hurricanes, we looked at availability in the states most affected by hurricanes and compared them on the average cost of a home insurance policy in those states. We also looked at each company’s reputation for claims satisfaction using J.D. Power’s annual Property Claims Satisfaction survey and its AM Best rating. Finally, we reviewed the flood insurance options available from each company. The editors made the final decision for each category based on these metrics.

Best overall: Amica

Why we chose it: Amica writes home insurance in every hurricane-prone state. It has topped J.D. Power’s list of the best home insurance companies overall for over a decade and has been number one for claims satisfaction for 21 of the last 23 years. It has some of the cheapest rates among major insurance companies for policies including a hurricane deductible. Although it doesn’t participate in the NFIP’s WYO program, it assists customers in finding the flood insurance they need through the NFIP or a private flood insurer.


  • Affordable rates
  • Excellent reputation for customer service and claims
  • Offers flood insurance through partnerships


  • No direct WYO flood or private flood option

AM Best rating: A+

J.D. Power claims satisfaction rating: 906/1,000*

Average rate with hurricane deductible: $1,269

Best for cheap rates: National General

Why we chose it: With an average rate under $1,000 a year, National General is one of the cheapest options and the cheapest nationwide home insurance company. It writes home insurance policies in every state along the Gulf and East coasts. National General also participates in the NFIP WYO program and offers private flood insurance in 30 states. As an Allstate company, it’s backed by one of the most stable companies in the industry.


  • Cheap rates
  • Backed by Allstate, the second-largest home insurance company in the U.S.
  • Two options for flood insurance: NFIP or private


  • Not rated by J.D. Power

AM Best rating: A+

J.D. Power claims satisfaction rating: N/A

Average rate with hurricane deductible: $936

Best for high-value homes: Chubb

Why we chose it: Chubb is one of the best-known names in high-value home insurance, with a comprehensive home insurance program and its own private flood insurance program that offers dwelling limits of up to $15 million. It writes home insurance in all 50 states, meaning it’s available in all hurricane-prone states. Chubb has the best possible AM Best score, important for a company offering high coverage limits.

AM Best rating: A++

J.D. Power claims satisfaction rating: 8/1,000

Average rate with hurricane deductible: $1,592


  • One of the highest coverage limits available for private flood insurance
  • High-value home insurance policies include replacement cost coverage for contents 
  • Low rates


  • Online quoting is not available

Best in Florida: Travelers

Why we chose it: Travelers has the cheapest home insurance rates in Florida of the companies we surveyed and partners with Neptune, which is our pick for the best overall flood insurance company nationwide, to provide a private flood insurance option for Florida homeowners. In a struggling market, Travelers continues to offer Florida homeowners solid home insurance coverage from a stable company.


  • Low rates in Florida
  • Strong financial standing
  • Partners with a private flood insurance company


  • Lower than average claims satisfaction rating

AM Best rating: A++

J.D. Power claims satisfaction rating: 8/1,000

Average rate with hurricane deductible in Florida: $1,763

Best for an all-in-one policy: Kin Insurance

Why we chose it: Kin writes flood insurance as an add-on to a homeowners insurance policy, an uncommon option that makes it an easy choice for simple coverage in one place. Kin advertises its flood insurance endorsement at an average cost of $175 a year (for Zone X, moderate- to low-risk.)

It’s a lesser-known company and a newcomer to the industry, and as a result, it’s not rated by either AM Best or J.D. Power, and we don’t have average rates to compare for this company. However, Kin states it’s backed by reinsurers with AM Best ratings of A- or higher.

However, Kin is working to expand its coverage through the Kin Interinsurance Nexus Exchange and currently offers coverage in major hurricane-prone states, including Florida, Louisiana, Alabama and South Carolina.


  • Offers flood insurance as an endorsement on the home insurance policy
  • Focuses on the needs of homeowners in high-risk states like Florida
  • Keeps rates low with a direct sales model


  • Newer company that is not rated by most third-parties
  • No agents

Ratings not available.

Cheapest companies for hurricane insurance

While all of the companies above were selected based on multiple factors that make them stand out, we also gathered a list of the cheapest home insurance companies overall. All of these companies offer home insurance with a hurricane deductible, but not all offer coverage in every state where hurricanes strike. 

The rates below are only for home insurance and don’t include flood insurance. They are based on coverage of $300,000 for dwelling and liability, a $1,000 standard deductible, and a 2% hurricane deductible. Averages include all states and ZIP codes where that company offers coverage; some are much higher because they include rates in the highest-risk areas where others may not offer coverage.

Company Average annual rate
Vermont Mutual$655
Virginia Farm Bureau$686
New Jersey Manufacturers$781
Cumberland Insurance$812
American Family$820
NYCM Insurance$902
National General Insurance$936
The Hanover$1,031
Quincy Mutual$1,069
Frankenmuth Insurance$1,224
Amica Mutual$1,269
Franklin Mutual$1,410
MMG Insurance$1,527
Chubb Ltd$1,592
Erie Insurance$1,679
Georgia Farm Bureau$1,824
Pure Companies Grp$1,898
Southern Farm Bureau$1,986
State Farm$2,003
Country Financial$2,090
Andover Insurance$2,279
North Carolina Farm Bureau$2,391
South Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual$2,444
United Insurance Holdings$3,067
Heritage Insurance Holdings$3,179
Alfa Corporation$3,409
Security First Insurance$4,241
LA Farm Bureau$5,482
HCI Group Inc$6,338
Universal Insurance Holding$8,603
St Johns Insurance$11,170
FedNat Holding$24,159
Citizens Property Insurance**$37,825

**Citizens Insurance is Florida’s insurer of last resort.


To derive the average rates, 2022 rate data from Quadrant Data Services was used, filtering out only the states and companies with hurricane deductibles to reflect coverage in hurricane-prone areas. Rates are for dwelling coverage and liability at $300,000 with a $1,000 standard deductible and a 2% hurricane deductible.

The editors reviewed AM Best and J.D. Power ratings and the list of companies that offer WYO policies provided by the NFIP. Insurance company websites were used to determine coverage areas and flood insurance offerings outside the NFIP WYO program. Category winners were chosen by the editors based on all available information for each company.

*J.D. Power’s industry average is 869.

Home insurance FAQs

What is hurricane insurance?

Hurricane insurance isn’t a specific policy but rather a combination of policies. The two main policies are homeowners insurance and flood insurance, but in some states, windstorm coverage must be added to your home policy.

“People should check their homeowners policy to figure out whether such perils as wind or hail are excluded from their policy due to the fact that they live in a hurricane-prone area,” Yao says.

What kind of insurance do you need for a hurricane?

To cover all of the damage a hurricane can cause, you need a homeowners insurance policy that covers windstorms, which may require an endorsement or, in rare cases, a separate policy. You also need flood insurance, which will pay for damage done by overland flooding. Homeowners insurance never covers flooding.

“Wind insurance is a special insurance policy that protects homeowners from losses resulting from windstorms including tornadoes and hurricanes. It provides comprehensive coverage for damages to the dwelling and personal properties caused by windstorms,” Yao says.

How does a 2% hurricane deductible work?

If you have a 2% hurricane deductible, you will pay 2% of your policy’s dwelling coverage amount when you file a claim for a hurricane. So, if you have $200,000 in dwelling coverage, you’ll pay $4,000.