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Philadelphia car insurance rates

If you’re researching auto insurance quotes in Philadelphia or trying to find cheap auto insurance in Philadelphia while shopping for a policy, you’ll find all the information you need here. We provide average car insurance rates for Philadelphia listed by ZIP code and company. That way you can get a reference point for how much you can expect to pay. We’ll also explain how coverage works, and how much car insurance you need.

Philadelphians pay some of the highest Pennsylvania car insurance rates in the United States, and tops for Pennsylvania. Right now a policy in the City of Brotherly Love costs triple what the same coverage does in other parts of the state.

Though drivers in Philadelphia pay the most for car insurance in the state,  regardless of where you live, you can save a considerable amount if you compare rates. This is why:

  • No policy is priced the same by multiple insurers.
  • They also use different formulas when deciding what you pay, which is why the price for the same policy varies by hundreds, or thousands, from one insurer to the next.
  • For example, Philadelphia ZIP code 19132, with an average rate of $3,819, is the most expensive in the city and the state, according to a CarInsurance.com analysis. The highest rate from insurers surveyed for that neighborhood ($6,451) was $5,078 more than the lowest ($1,373), according our rate analysis.
  • The wide range in rates from different insurers shows why it's wise to compare car insurance rates.  Enter your ZIP code in the average rate tool below to see the price for a policy in your neighborhood, as well as the highest and lowest cost fielded from six insurance companies.
  • Your age, your driving history, your credit and the type of car you drive, among other factors, are all used by insurance companies to calculate how much you pay. But where you live is typically used by insurers as a base line for the process, with other variables either increasing or decreasing that amount. Insurance companies assess ZIP codes’ risk levels based on the number and severity of car insurance claims within the area. 

Philadelphia Car Insurance Rates by ZIP Code

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  • 19132- PHILADELPHIA: $3,189
  • 19139- PHILADELPHIA: $3,169
  • 19140- PHILADELPHIA: $3,127
  • 19133- PHILADELPHIA: $3,123
  • 16801- BOALSBURG: $1,166
  • 16802- PENN STATE UNIVERSITY: $1,191
  • 16823- BELLEFONTE: $1,196
  • 17843- BEAVER SPRINGS: $1,200

Car insurance comparison: Philadelphia

Here's how Philadelphia’s highest average rate ($3,819)  compares to others, for a full coverage policy:

  • $2,653 more than the least expensive average rate ($1,166) in the state, Boalsburg 16801
  • $2,297 more than the state average ($1,522)
  • $1,147 more than the average rate for all of Philadelphia ($2,672)
  • $2,464 more than the national average rate ($1,355)

Average car insurance rates in Philadelphia by ZIP code

Here are the 10 most and least expensive ZIP codes for car insurance in Philadelphia. You'll see in the chart below that you can save $3,000 to $4,000 just by doing a car insurance comparison, no matter which address you call home. 

ZIP codeAverage annual rateHigest rateLowest rate
ZIP codeAverage annual rateHighest rateLowest rate

*Methodology for rates by ZIP code:

CarInsurance.com commissioned Quadrant Information Services to run auto insurance rates for a 2016 Honda Accord for more than 30,000 ZIP codes in the United States using six large carriers -- Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Nationwide, Progressive and State Farm. (In cases where an insurer’s rate wasn’t available, another major carrier's rate was substituted.) Averages are based on insurance for a single 40-year-old male who commutes 12 miles to work each day, with policy limits of 100/300/100 ($100,000 for injury liability for one person, $300,000 for all injuries and $100,000 for property damage in an accident) and a $500 deductible on collision and comprehensive coverage. This hypothetical driver has a clean record and good credit. The rate includes uninsured motorist coverage. Average rates are for comparative purposes. Your own rate will depend on your personal factors and vehicle.

Philadelphia car insurance requirements

Pennsylvania state law requires the following minimum car insurance coverage:
Minimum bodily injury liability$15,000/$30,000
Minimum property damage liability$5,000
First party benefits (medical)$5,000

Cheapest car insurance in Philadelphia

The lowest liability car insurance limits your insurer offers is the cheapest policy you can buy. This will be the state minimum required to drive legally. In Pennsylvania, (written as 15/30/5) that means your liability car insurance would pay up to:

  • $15,000 for injuries you cause to others
  • $30,000 per accident
  • $5,000 for damage you cause to others’ cars and property

Pennsylvania also requires you to buy a minimum of $5,000 of first party benefits medical coverage. It pays medical expenses for you and anyone on your policy up to its limits, even if the accident was your fault.


Best car insurance in Philadelphia

Even a minor accident can put your savings and home in jeopardy if you have just the state required minimum of insurance. To protect your assets, you should buy liability insurance in the following amounts:

  • $100,000 to pay for others’ medical bills
  • $300,000 to pay for injuries to others in an accident you cause
  • $100,000 to pay for damage to others’ property

You should also consider buying these optional coverages:

  • Comprehensive, which replaces stolen cars and covers damage to your car from floods, fire, hail, vandalism.
  • Collision, which pays for damage to your car from accidents.

Comprehensive insurance and collision coverage are advised unless you have a very old car that’s of little value. In Pennsylvania, comprehensive costs $132 and collision costs $301, on average per year, for drivers, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Unlike liability insurance, these optional coverages come with a deductible. That’s the amount you pay before your insurance company pays. Typical deductibles amounts are $1,000, $500 and $250 – you choose which one you want.The higher the deductible is, the lower your rate will be.

Based on an analysis outlined below of rate fielded from six major insurers for Philadelphia ZIP codes, increasing your insurance from the state minimum to full coverage with a $500 deductible costs, on average, $1,801 more, or $150 a month. But just hiking to higher liability costs just $108 yearly, or $9 a month.

Average Philadelphia rates for three coverage levels:

  • State minimum average annual rate: $871
  • Liability only; 100/50/100 average annual rate: $979
  • Full coverage of 100/300/100, with comprehensive and collision: $2,672

Who has the cheapest Philadelphia car insurance rates?

Below you'll see average annual rates for Philadelphia, ranked cheapest to most expensive, for three coverage levels:

CompanyState minimum
State Farm$843
State Farm$1,015
State Farm$2,390

Driving in Philadelphia

Traffic in Philadelphia: The city and nearby areas came in 11th (tied with Miami) for the worst traffic in the country in a recent report by USA Today, which noted that commuters spend about 39 hours a year stuck in traffic.

Car crashes: Major accidents have resulted in an average of 90 deaths a year in recent years (2012-2014).

Commuting: The average commute in Philadelphia lasts 31.8 minutes.

Public transportation: The U.S. Census Bureau says that the majority of riders in Philadelphia who commute to work by public transportation are white (about 31 percent), Hispanic (about 10 percent) and black (about 54 percent). The bureau notes that commuting is the main reason people turn to mass transit.

High Occupancy Vehicle rules: The HOV lane, also known as the carpool or diamond lane, is designed to reduce traffic congestion and promote ride-sharing on freeways. In Pennsylvania, only vehicles with at least two people, mass transit vehicles like buses, and motorcycles are allowed to use the lanes. Use may be restricted during specified hours.

Smog rules: In Philadelphia you must have a vehicle (model year 1975 or newer) tested for emissions before registering and annually after that. After moving to Philadelphia, the vehicle must be tested as part of the registration process.

Bad intersection: Where Fifth Street and Olney Avenue meet is considered one of the worst intersections in Philadelphia, with 19 serious crashes from 2009 to 2013.

The information was gathered from various sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, state transportation departments and city police departments.