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Best Car Insurance Rates in Wisconsin

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In a recent analysis, we compared quotes across 50+ cities in Wisconsin to find the best rates at the most affordable car insurance companies. Based on our research, the average annual cost for our driver's car insurance was $1,129 – but this changes drastically based on the company. For example, the most expensive company in Wisconsin charged on average $1,791 more than the cheapest company. It’s important for consumers to shop for the best quotes; not doing so could wind up costing you money. Read more about affordable companies and rates in Wisconsin, or type your zip code above for a list of companies to begin shopping for good rates in your neighborhood.

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Cheap Car Insurance in Wisconsin

Based on quotes for our sample driver across 71 cities in the state, the cheapest car insurance companies in Wisconsin are GEICO, Progressive, Partners Mutual, Pekin Insurance, and American Family. Here are their average annual premiums in ranked order (from cheapest onward), and compared to what the typical insurer charges statewide:

This graph shows which companies in Wisconsin have the lowest auto insurance premiums

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The providers with the best rates for the typical driver in Wisconsin charge on average $1,101 a year for a full coverage insurance policy, which is just below the state average of $1,129. Here's the entire list of companies we got quotes for, ranked from the most affordable to the most expensive. These rates are just averages, however, so they’ll be different from the actual quotes you’ll see, which are based on your driving record, vehicle, coverage limits, and where you live, among other things.

RankAuto Insurance CompanyAverage Annual Rates
1GEICO$735
2Progressive$763
3Partners Mutual$791
4Pekin Insurance$913
5American Family$918
6Acuity$953
7Western National$986
8Secura$1,013
9State Farm$1,034
10Allied$1,223
11Allstate$1,261
12Integrity Mutual$1,560
13MetLife$2,526

Minimum Car Insurance Requirements in Wisconsin

The prices we cite above are for a driver opting for full coverage insurance. If you want your policy to be cheaper you can opt for lower limits. The lowest limits drivers in Wisconsin can purchase are as follows:

  • $25,000 per person/ $50,000 per accident of bodily injury liability insurance
  • $10,000 pf property damage liability insurance
  • $25,000 per person/ $50,000 per accident of uninsured motorist bodily injury insurance

Cheap Car Insurance in Wisconsin: by City

Among other factors such as your policy limits, vehicle driven, driving record, and age and marital status, your address and car parking spot heavily influence your auto insurance quotes. In this section, we'll take a look at costs at the city level to find which providers have the lowest rates in Wisconsin. For this exercise, we compared and ranked auto insurance quotes across 13 companies for one sample driver. We'll talk first about the biggest cities, then the cheapest and most expensive, and provide a complete table.

Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin's largest city by population size (almost 600,000 people), Milwaukee may best be known for its beer as it was once home to four of the biggest breweries in the world. Today only Miller remains but it is nonetheless a great town to relax and enjoy some suds with its plethora of bars and rich history in the beer industry. For residents who own a car in 'Brew City' your insurance rates are unfortunately the highest of any city in Wisconsin. Annual rates average $2,143 or $179 per month, and are the most expensive in the state – almost twice as much as what the typical Wisconsin driver pays. 

Cheap car insurance in Milwaukee exists though. Out of the 13 companies we looked at in the city, we saw the best auto insurance rates in Milwaukee at GEICO, Progressive, American Family, Acuity, and Allstate  of $1,277 on average – that’s based on full coverage protection, and an excellent driving history in a Camry. Getting a quote from these five cheapest companies could mean reducing costs by 40% and almost $866 back in your pocket compared to what the typical insurer is charging Milwaukee drivers.

This chart ranks the five companies in Milwaukee with the best car insurance rates

Madison, WI

Madison is the site of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and 233,000 residents and loyal Badgers fans.  In between popular events such as the World’s Largest Brat Fest, and the Craft Beer Week and other food-related fairs, residents have ample time for car trips out to the city’s 15,000 acres of lake and 6,000 acres of parks for watersports and outdoor activities. Insurance for automobiles can cost on average $1,069 a year, which is just a few bucks cheaper than the state average.

It takes most Madison commuters less than 20 minutes to get to work – good news for all the drivers in the city! If you’re looking for cheap auto insurance in Madison, add Partners Mutual, GEICO, Progressive, Western National, and Pekin Insurance to your list when you’re getting insurance quotes. They had the lowest premiums for our sample driver in our survey of 13 companies underwriting in Madison. The five companies’ average annual cost for 50/100/25 liability limits on a Toyota driven 12,000 miles each year was $757, which was $312 or 29% lower than the citywide average.

This graph shows the companies with the five lowest car insurance rates in Madison

Green Bay, WI

The 5th cheapest city on our list, Green Bay is a city with a storied tradition in professional sports. Every football fan knows that it is home to the Green Bay Packers, who have won 13 football World Championships earning Green Bay the moniker "Titletown". Beyond the records at Lambeau Field, Green Bay is the oldest city in Wisconsin, and has been called the Toilet Paper Capital of the World. Average annual premiums are $993 and 12% cheaper than the state average.

Which companies have the cheapest auto insurance rates in Green Bay? The five cheapest insurers were GEICO, Partners Mutual, Progressive, American Family, and Pekin Insurance with average annual costs of $731. Getting a quote from one of these companies for full coverage protection could save you $262 and 26% compared to the citywide average.

This chart shows the five companies in Green Bay with the most affordable car insurance rates

Kenosha, WI

Wedged between Racine and the Wisconsin/Illinois state line you'll find the 4th largest city in WI, Kenosha. The city has many attractions for visitors including lots of outlet malls for the die-hard shoppers and several museums overlooking the lake. Here’s where you can take in some science or history with some lake scenery: Southport Light Station Museum, Kenosha History Center, or the Civil War Museum, to name a few.

If you're driving and live in Kenosha, your auto insurance rates can average $1,234 per year, which is 9% higher than the state average in Wisconsin and the 9th most expensive. Consumers looking to save money on car insurance should consider GEICO, Progressive, Western National, Pekin Insurance, and State Farm, which were the most affordable auto insurance companies in Kenosha. Average costs at these top five companies ($942/year) meant savings of $292 or 24% when compared to what the typical insurer was charging in Kenosha. 

This graph ranks five providers in Kenosha with the cheapest annual premiums for car insurance

Racine, WI

The 5th largest city in Wisconsin, Racine is located on Lake Michigan 30 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago border. Home to around 80,000 residents, there's plenty to do in Racine from exploring the lakefront to checking out the large variety of animals at the Racine Zoo. It is said that the first car race in Racine took place in front of Main Street & 4th St in 1900 between a Locomobile and a Winton over 14 miles. 

Regarding auto insurance prices, drivers today in Racine pay the 7th highest rates in the state at $1,259 per year or $105 per month. That works out to 12% higher than the Wisconsin average, but with some comparison shopping, lower costs can be had. We found that GEICO, Progressive, Western National, Acuity, and American Family were the lowest-cost auto insurance companies in Racine. The average rate among the five insurers for a full coverage insurance policy was $928, which equates to a 26% discount compared to the typical Racine insurer. American Family, the fifth cheapest insurer in Racine, cost 19% less than the state average.

This graph displays the average annual premiums for the five cheapest car insurance providers in Racine, WI

Appleton, WI

The 6th largest city in Wisconsin, Appleton also sits on the lake (Winnebago not Michigan!). The city has received several awards over the years including a "Best Places to Live in America" award by Money magazine in 2010. Well we've got more good news for the residents of Appleton: car insurance rates in your area are 10% cheaper than the WI state average with rates around $1,019 per year.

While Appleton ranks as the 7th cheapest city in Wisconsin, there’s still opportunity to save more here. Check out quotes at GEICO, Partners Mutual, Progressive, American Family, and Pekin Insurance, which had the best auto insurance rates in Appleton out of 13 companies. The average annual premium from these providers for a full coverage policy was $714, which works out to 30% lower than the Appleton average.

This chart shows the five companies in Appleton, WI with the lowest average annual premiums for car insurance

Waukesha, WI

It’s in Waukesha that the first prototype of Jell-O was developed by the Glidden brothers in the early 1900s. Another fraternal pair, the Hamm brothers of Olympic medalist fame, grew up here as well. In terms of auto insurance, it costs $1,086 a year to insure a car such as a Toyota Camry here.

For low-cost car insurance in Waukesha, include quotes from Progressive, GEICO, Partners Mutual, Western National, and American Family in your comparison shopping. These five companies had the best rates for a full coverage policy for a standard vehicle such as a Toyota Camry. On average, their premium amounted to $782 a year, which was 28% and $304 cheaper than the going rate in Waukesha.

This graph shows the auto insurance companies in Waukesha with the lowest average annual premiums

Oshkosh, WI

With 66,000 residents, Oshkosh is the 8th largest city in Wisconsin. The city is located on Lake Winnebago, and bisected by the Fox River. Every summer, 500,000 aviation enthusiasts and professionals descend into Oshkosh for the EAA AirVenture airshow. This is also where Oshkosh B’Gosh, a children’s clothing outfitter, was established and headquartered. 

Driving in Oshkosh? The average cost to insure your car here is $1,004. Drivers looking for lower costs for their auto insurance would do well to consider looking for quotes at Partners Mutual, GEICO, Progressive, American Family, and Acuity. That’s because these insurers had some of the lowest annual auto insurance premiums generally speaking in Oshkosh. For civilians, these top five companies came out to a low average cost of $730 a year, or 27% lower compared to what the typical insurer charges in Oshkosh. 

This graph shows the top five companies for car insurance in Oshkosh based on cheap rates

Eau Claire, WI

The economy of Eau Claire has its roots in the lumber industry, which saw a total of 22 operational sawmills in its heyday. Today, the largest employers in the city are in the healthcare, education, and retail industries, and include: the Mayo Clinic Health System, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Nestle USA, Inc.  Drivers here can see average insurance rates of $1,079 a year, which is about 4% lower than the state average.

Car insurance in Eau Claire can be affordable, however, at these three companies: Partners Mutual, Progressive, and GEICO. They represented the three cheapest companies with the lowest three auto insurance rates in Eau Claire for civilian drivers. On average, they charged $710 for a year’s worth of car insurance, which is $369 more in consumers’ wallets for a discount to the citywide mean of 34%. Pekin Insurance and American Family round out the top five most affordable companies in Eau Claire.

This graph shows the rates and names of the five cheapest auto insurance companies in Eau Claire

Janesville, WI

Looking for Wisconsin’s Park Place? That’d be Janesville, a city with 2,500 acres of parkland. The city’s 64,000 residents live on 28 square miles of land, out of which about 14% is public park. Janesville is in the midst of a riverfront revitalization that will be bringing a new amphitheater to the downtown area for various festivals and events – here’s hoping parking and traffic will still be ok!

Janesville drivers can pay premiums for their car insurance of about $961 on average each year. To save more, we suggest checking out quotes at Progressive, GEICO, Partners Mutual, Pekin Insurance, and Western National, which had some of the best rates for car insurance in Janesville. The civilian driver can see annual costs of about $733 on average, which are about 24% lower than what’s getting charged at the average insurer in Janesville.

This graph ranks car insurance companies in Janesville based on who has the best rates

Sheboygan, WI

The 'Bratwurst Capital of the World', Sheboygan rests on the shores of Lake Michigan almost smack in the middle of Milwaukee to the south and Green Bay to the north. In our study of car insurance rates throughout Wisconsin, Sheboygan took home the distinct prize of having the state’s cheapest rates with an annual average of $946, 16% cheaper than the Wisconsin average.

Looking to shave off even more on your auto insurance premiums? Consider Partners Mutual, Progressive, GEICO, American Family, and Acuity, which had the most affordable rates in Sheboygan, WI. These companies had an average cost of $709 a year – that’s $237 less than what the typical insurer is charging in Sheboygan.

This graph ranks car insurers in Sheboygan by their average annual premiums to see which ones have the lowest rates

Plymouth, WI

Just west of Sheboygan and still part of Sheboygan County sits our 4th cheapest city in the study of Plymouth, WI. Because of where it sits (west of Sheboygan, east of Fond du Lac, north of Milwaukee, and south of Green Bay) Plymouth is nicknamed the "Hub City". Premiums in Plymouth are $984 per year on average which works out to around $82 each month.

If that’s not low enough for drivers, we recommend requesting quotes from Partners Mutual, GEICO, Progressive, American Family, and Acuity. These five had the best car insurance rates in Plymouth for the average driver of $726 a year, which saves consumers 26% compared to the typical company in the city.

This chart shows the companies in Plymouth with the lowest car insurance rates out of 20+ providers

Manitowoc, WI

Another top city located on Lake Michigan, Manitowoc is home to 30,000+ Wisconsins who enjoy unique attractions in the city like the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. This museum exhibits the most completely restored WWII submarine in the United States! When it comes to car insurance rates in Manitowoc residents will also be happy to know that they're the 3rd cheapest in the state. Premiums run $974 per year on average, which is 14% lower than the state average.

GEICO, Pekin Insurance, Progressive, Partners Mutual, and American Family are the five cheapest companies for car insurance in Manitowoc. Drivers could see low costs of $749 a year on average, which represents savings of 23% compared to getting insurance at the typical insurer in Manitowoc.

This chart shows the five companies in Manitowoc with the lowest average annual premiums

Superior, WI

In the very northwest corner of the state is where you'll find Superior, WI. Superior is a city with 27,000 residents and sits only minutes across the bay from Duluth, MN. One Superior fun fact for the Gordon Lightfoot fans amongst you: Superior was the last stop for the Edmund Fitzgerald before it sank in the Lake in 1975! When it comes to auto insurance, those living in Superior will find the average annual rates to be about $912 per year.

Which companies have the most inexpensive rates in Superior for car insurance? Out of 13 companies, we found that GEICO and Progressive had the two best rates in Superior. They averaged $799 per year for a full coverage car insurance policy with $50/$100/$25 coverage limits. Compared to the Superior citywide average, this amount is $506 extra in the bank, or a 39% decrease. American Family, Acuity, and Secura round out the top five.

This graph lists and ranks the five lowest cost car insurance companies in Superior based on their costs

Ashland, WI

Also in the far northern reaches of the states, Ashland is a small town of less than 10,000 that sits on Chequamegon Bay (Lake Superior) about 30 miles from the Michigan state border. Among Ashland's main attractions is the natural spring water that comes up from the wells around Maslowski Beach. Drivers in this port city will be paying rates that are 13% higher than the WI state average at around $1,275 per annum.

For those frugal consumers looking to save money on their car insurance, Progressive, GEICO, Pekin Insurance, Acuity, and Partners Mutual had some of the lowest car insurance costs in Ashland. Their annual premiums came out to $901 on average, which equals a 29% decrease to what the typical company is quoting in Ashland.

This chart shows which companies in Ashland, WI have the best and lowest rates for auto insurance

Other Cities in Wisconsin

For each of the seventy one cities in Wisconsin, here are the three companies with the lowest auto insurance costs.

CityAuto Insurance CompanyAverage Annual Rates
AntigoGEICO$708
Progressive$800
Partners Mutual$816
AppletonGEICO$618
Partners Mutual$672
Progressive$685
AshlandProgressive$706
GEICO$869
Pekin Insurance$924
BarabooProgressive$722
GEICO$755
Pekin Insurance$840
Beaver DamPartners Mutual$672
Progressive$694
GEICO$708
BeloitGEICO$703
Progressive$706
Partners Mutual$720
BrodheadProgressive$722
GEICO$756
Pekin Insurance$804
BrookfieldGEICO$727
Partners Mutual$732
Progressive$754
Chippewa FallsPartners Mutual$696
Progressive$722
GEICO$727
CudahyProgressive$820
GEICO$836
Partners Mutual$912
De ForestPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$661
Progressive$685
Eau ClairePartners Mutual$696
Progressive$706
GEICO$727
FitchburgPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$653
Progressive$745
Fond Du LacPartners Mutual$600
GEICO$618
Progressive$697
FranklinGEICO$756
Progressive$798
Pekin Insurance$876
GlendalePekin Insurance$876
Partners Mutual$912
GEICO$1,015
Green BayGEICO$630
Partners Mutual$696
Progressive$719
GreenfieldGEICO$756
Pekin Insurance$876
Progressive$895
HudsonProgressive$767
Partners Mutual$804
GEICO$816
JanesvilleProgressive$679
GEICO$708
Partners Mutual$720
KenoshaGEICO$749
Progressive$840
Western National$1,008
La CrosseGEICO$657
Progressive$724
Partners Mutual$756
Lake GenevaGEICO$682
Progressive$688
Partners Mutual$732
Lake MillsPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$708
Pekin Insurance$732
MadisonPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$653
Progressive$792
ManitowocGEICO$672
Pekin Insurance$732
Progressive$758
MarinetteProgressive$735
Partners Mutual$816
GEICO$869
MarshfieldProgressive$685
GEICO$756
Partners Mutual$768
Menomonee FallsGEICO$721
Partners Mutual$732
Progressive$774
MequonGEICO$721
Partners Mutual$732
Western National$780
MerrillPartners Mutual$720
Progressive$761
GEICO$816
MiddletonPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$661
Progressive$711
MiltonProgressive$701
GEICO$715
Partners Mutual$732
MilwaukeeGEICO$1,119
Progressive$1,126
American Family$1,296
MonroeProgressive$711
GEICO$756
Pekin Insurance$804
MuskegoGEICO$704
Partners Mutual$732
Progressive$736
New BerlinGEICO$704
Partners Mutual$732
Progressive$781
New RichmondPartners Mutual$804
GEICO$816
Progressive$832
Oak CreekGEICO$738
Progressive$831
Pekin Insurance$876
OshkoshPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$618
Progressive$694
PlymouthPartners Mutual$660
GEICO$672
Progressive$715
PortagePartners Mutual$672
GEICO$699
Progressive$756
ReedsburgGEICO$756
Pekin Insurance$840
Progressive$877
RhinelanderGEICO$708
Partners Mutual$720
Progressive$798
Rice LakePartners Mutual$720
GEICO$816
Pekin Insurance$924
RiponPartners Mutual$672
Progressive$681
GEICO$708
River FallsPartners Mutual$804
Progressive$808
GEICO$816
ShawanoProgressive$710
GEICO$816
Partners Mutual$876
SheboyganPartners Mutual$636
Progressive$653
GEICO$672
South MilwaukeeGEICO$756
Progressive$795
Partners Mutual$912
Stevens PointProgressive$696
GEICO$756
Partners Mutual$768
StoughtonPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$661
Progressive$710
Sun PrairiePartners Mutual$612
GEICO$661
Progressive$683
SuperiorGEICO$785
Progressive$813
American Family$960
TomahPartners Mutual$684
GEICO$756
Progressive$759
VeronaPartners Mutual$612
GEICO$661
Progressive$667
WatertownPartners Mutual$672
GEICO$708
Pekin Insurance$732
WaukeshaProgressive$717
GEICO$721
Partners Mutual$732
WaunakeePartners Mutual$612
GEICO$661
Progressive$720
WausauGEICO$669
Partners Mutual$696
Progressive$777
WauwatosaGEICO$828
Western National$864
Partners Mutual$912
West AllisGEICO$828
Western National$864
Progressive$893
Wisconsin RapidsProgressive$726
GEICO$756
Partners Mutual$768

Cost of Car Insurance in Wisconsin Cities

There are lots of Wisconsin cities not captured in either the Top or Bottom 5 and we're here to show you how all 71 of them stack up. While many of the smaller towns aren't listed, it's still helpful to find the closest city to where you live and use that as a point of comparison. Here they are from Antigo to Wisconsin Rapids.

This graph shows the average annual car insurance premiums for 71 cities in Wisconsin

Best Car Insurance Companies in WI

We calculated the complaint index for each company as an approximate measure to find the best auto insurance companies in Wisconsin. The index compares the company’s complaints and premiums to the industry's complaints to premiums in Wisconsin, and helps us determine how each company is performing relative to its competitors. We infer how happy consumers are with their insurance company based on the number of complaints, while taking into consideration the size of every provider. An index of 1 is average, so the lower the number, the better the company is compared to its competitors.

Auto Insurance Group Premiums Underwritten in Wisconsin Complaints Complaint Index
IMT Group Insurance $16,368,872 1 0.33
Acuity Insurance 93,460,957 6 0.34
USAA 48,042,819 4 0.44
Nationwide 24,018,836 2 0.44
Rural Mutual Insurance 29,987,179 3 0.53
State Farm 345,617,526 39 0.60
American Family 516,824,418 65 0.67
Wilson Mutual 20,520,804 3 0.78
West Bend / Silver Lining Insurance 75,147,569 11 0.78
Erie Insurance 47,280,963 7 0.79
Safeco 18,894,666 3 0.85
Auto-Owners 44,077,030 7 0.85
Secura Insurance 31,032,940 5 0.86
MetLife 27,175,663 5 0.98
Liberty Mutual 46,479,177 9 1.03
Progressive 405,739,408 93 1.22
Badger Mutual Insurance 21,036,834 5 1.27
Wisconsin Mutual Insurance 37,478,366 9 1.28
State Auto 16,292,539 4 1.31
AAA 48,783,413 12 1.31
Pekin Insurance 27,518,813 7 1.35
Allstate 82,458,184 21 1.36
Hastings Mutual 16,226,783 5 1.64
GEICO 99,125,841 31 1.66
Integrity Insurance 22,380,259 7 1.66
Hanover 15,783,642 5 1.69
Hartford 28,261,658 9 1.70
Farmers 61,959,328 28 2.41
Sentry 24,032,283 11 2.44

Study Background

Our study looked at car insurance premiums for a single 30 year old male driver who owns and drives a 2011 Toyota Camry primarily for commuting purposes. He has excellent credit and has had a solid driving record - no accidents or traffic violations in the last five years over 12,000 miles each year. Quotes for car insurance were obtained for a full coverage policy that had slightly better coverage compared to the state minimum in Wisconsin. Coverage limits in our analysis amount to 50/100/25: $50,000 per person for bodily injury, $100,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $25,000 in property damage. The thirteen insurers included: GEICO, Progressive, Partners Mutual, Pekin Insurance, American Family Insurance, Acuity, Western National, Secura, State Farm, Allstate, Allied, Integrity Mutual, and MetLife.

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