Learning how to navigate car insurance rates as a young adult driver – and finding the best one for your budget – isn’t always the easiest feat. Going online and selecting the cheapest rate may be convenient and efficient, but the type of coverage you receive may not best fit your needs. 

While the average rates for car insurance for young drivers aren’t as affordable as those for adults older than 25, it is significantly less than how much teens pay – $5,914 per year. The national average annual rate for young adults aged 20-24 is $3,092, according to recent data. 

“Since young drivers pay some of the highest auto insurance rates, getting every discount you qualify for is essential,” says Laura Adams, MBA, an award-winning author, podcaster, and founder of The Money Stack. “For instance, if you’re a good student, away at school without a vehicle, or working in certain professions, it can reduce your premium. Likewise, if you have good credit, bundle auto and home or renters insurance, or enroll in a pay-as-you-drive program, it reduces your auto rate.”

Learn more about average rates for car insurance for young drivers, including annual and monthly premiums, the cheapest rates by insurance company and how state rates differ for young driver insurance.

Key Highlights
  • USAA offers the cheapest annual full coverage car insurance rates for young drivers aged 20-24 at $2,203 or $184 monthly — 34% less than the national average.
  • USAA offers the cheapest annual state minimum car insurance rates for young drivers at $521.
  • Hawaii offers the most affordable average car insurance rates for young adult drivers at $1,521 annually. Louisiana is the most expensive at $4,738 annually.
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Our take on car insurance for young adults

While the average national car insurance rate for young drivers is $3,092 annually, many insurance companies and states are offering lower rates. Hawaii tops the list of the cheapest states for young adult drivers’ car insurance with average premiums at $1,521 and USAA, Auto-Owners, Travelers and Geico offer affordable liability and full coverage premiums. 

If a state minimum meets your needs, you could save quite a bit on car insurance as a young adult. However, you must consider your driving needs, risks and finances before purchasing car insurance. If you are unable to easily afford a new vehicle should yours be totaled in an accident, you may want to consider some additional coverage limits and options to your policy.

Check out our detailed guide on how to shop for car insurance for young drivers

Average car insurance rates for young adults

The national average premium for car insurance for young adult drivers aged 20-24 is $3,092, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a lower rate.

As a young adult, your budget is likely one of your top priorities. Keeping costs low and affordable may be your monthly goal. Before you start shopping for the best car insurance coverage for your needs, take a moment to identify what you need from a policy. 

It’s a good idea to research what coverage options are available and consider what happens next if you were to be involved in an accident or a natural disaster. For example, would you have enough funds to purchase a new car if needed? 

It is also a good idea to consider your driving habits and how often and far you drive. This can help you identify possible discounts for savings, such as low mileage, good driver or safe vehicle rate reductions. 

Remember, state minimums may be the most affordable rate option but offer the least amount of protection. Full coverage, a combination of collision and comprehensive car insurance, offers you and your vehicle the most protection.

Collision car insurance coverage covers damages from accidents, including repair costs or vehicle replacement, regardless of fault. Comprehensive car insurance provides coverage for incidents unrelated to car accidents, such as theft, vandalism, broken windshields, fire, floods, hail and other natural disasters and animal collisions. 

How much does car insurance cost for young adults in each state?

When determining how much car insurance costs, states often look at specific data. According to the Insurance Information Institute, these range from crime, population, medical care, claims and litigation and car repairs to weather trends and state requirements. 

The cheapest states for young adults with full coverage car insurance are: 

  1. Hawaii – $1,521
  2. North Carolina – $2,030
  3. New Hampshire – $2,215
  4. Maine – $2,281 
  5. Ohio – $2,365

The most expensive states are:

  1. Louisiana – $4,738
  2. Florida – $4,321
  3. Kentucky – $3,831
  4. Washington, D.C. – $3,780
  5. Michigan – $3,719

While Hawaii tops the list for the most affordable rate in the country for young driver car insurance, it’s important to remember that different ZIP codes and the vehicle you drive can impact this number. 

Annual cost of car insurance for young adults, by state
State Annual Full Coverage Rate Monthly Full Coverage Rate
Alabama$2,959$247
Alaska$2,880$240
Arizona$3,118$260
Arkansas$3,254$271
California$3,623$302
Colorado$3,592$299
Connecticut$3,183$265
Delaware$3,704$309
Florida$4,321$360
Georgia$3,484$290
Hawaii$1,521$127
Idaho$2,482$207
Illinois$2,562$214
Indiana$2,594$216
Iowa$2,696$225
Kansas$3,151$263
Kentucky$3,831$319
Louisiana$4,738$395
Maine$2,281$190
Maryland$3,219$268
Massachusetts$2,646$221
Michigan$3,719$310
Minnesota$3,307$276
Mississippi$3,402$284
Missouri$3,321$277
Montana$3,588$299
Nebraska$3,129$261
Nevada$3,463$289
New Hampshire$2,215$185
New Jersey$3,231$269
New Mexico$3,271$273
New York$2,961$247
North Carolina$2,030$169
North Dakota$2,751$229
Ohio$2,365$197
Oklahoma$3,579$298
Oregon$2,677$223
Pennsylvania$3,099$258
Rhode Island$3,516$293
South Carolina$3,333$278
South Dakota$3,596$300
Tennessee$2,901$242
Texas$3,162$264
Utah$3,010$251
Vermont$2,566$214
Virginia$2,446$204
Washington$2,599$217
Washington, D.C.$3,780$315
West Virginia$3,361$280
Wisconsin$2,796$233
Wyoming$3,167$264

Cheapest car insurance rates for young adults

In the breakdown of average annual costs for car insurance for young adult drivers, Auto-Owners offers the cheapest rate for all coverage options, starting at $616 annually for state liability car insurance and topping out at $2,655 annually for full coverage. 

Learn more about coverage options and annual average rates from the companies below.  

The cheapest average annual state minimum insurance rates for young drivers are USAA at $521, followed by Geico ($611), Auto-Owners ($616) and Travelers ($770). Keep in mind that USAA is only available for military community members and their families.

While these are affordable rates, ranging from $43 to $64 monthly, state minimum liability car insurance is bare-bones – it covers another driver’s property and bodily injuries up to a specific limit. You may pay out-of-pocket expenses if you don’t have enough coverage. 

Learn more about the average annual rates for young adult drivers and coverage limits offered in the following chart. 

Company State Minimum RateLiability (50/100/50) Full Coverage Rate
USAA$521$656$2,203
Geico$611$801$2,710
Auto-Owners$616$721$2,655
Travelers$770$933$2,601
Progressive$863$1,084$3,444
State Farm$910$1,120$3,472
Nationwide$940$1,100$2,718
Allstate$994$1,239$4,175
Farmers$1,412$1,847$4,722

Cheapest monthly car insurance rates for young drivers

The cheapest full coverage car insurance rates for young adult drivers aged 20 to 24 start at $184 monthly from USAA. However, Travelers, Auto-Owners, Geico and Nationwide are close with monthly rates ranging from $184 to $227. 

These rates are more affordable than the $493 monthly national average for teen car insurance and higher than the monthly national car insurance average of $159 for adults aged 25-60.

See what other car insurance companies offer for monthly car insurance premiums for young adults in the chart below. If these averages are still too much for your budget, contact the car insurance companies directly to inquire about what potential car insurance discounts and savings are available to you. 

Monthly cost of car insurance for young adults, by company
Company Monthly Full Coverage Rate
USAA$184
Travelers$217
Auto-Owners$221
Geico$226
Nationwide$227
Progressive$287
State Farm$289
Allstate$348
Farmers$394

Expert Advice
Laura Adams Author, podcaster and founder of <a href="http://readthemoneystack.com/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The Money Stack</a>

Laura Adams

Author, podcaster and founder of The Money Stack

How can young drivers save money on car insurance?

“Since young drivers pay some of the highest auto insurance rates, getting every discount you qualify for is essential. For instance, if you’re a good student, away at school without a vehicle, or working in certain professions, it can reduce your premium. Likewise, if you have good credit, bundle auto and home or renters insurance, or enroll in a pay-as-you-drive program, it reduces your auto rate.”

Resources & Methodology

Sources

Insurance Information Institute. “What determines the price of an auto policy?” Accessed February 2024.

Methodology

CarInsurance.com editors collected 2023 rates from Quadrant Information Services for a 20- to 24-year-old male driving a Honda Accord LX with a good insurance score and no violation on record for a full coverage insurance policy with limits 100/300/100 and $500 comprehensive and collision deductible. We analyzed 51,088,003 records, 34,588 ZIP codes and 167 insurance companies nationwide.

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