How Cities in New York Ranked Based on Car Insurance Costs

Where you live and park your car can greatly impact your auto insurance expense in New York. We looked at rates in over 100 cities in New York for our sample driver, a single 30 year old male, and found that insurance costs can differ by nearly as much as 3x between the most expensive and the cheapest cities. In terms of dollars, our driver would see nearly $2,000 difference for the same car insurance coverage between the most expensive area (New York City) and the most affordable place (Corning).

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Least Expensive Places

The five cities where our sample driver found his lowest quotes were all located in the southwest region of the state, where it borders Pennsylvania. Our single male driver in these places saw costs averaging 29-31% less than the New York average for auto insurance. Here is a graph illustrating how these places’ average annual rates compared to the state’s average.

Cities with Lowest Car Insurance Rates in New York

Corning, NY

Nicknamed the Crystal City, Corning is known for its glass work, and is home to the glass manufacturer Corning Incorporated. Our sample 30 year-old found his lowest costs in this city of 11,000 for coverage for his Toyota Camry. On average, annual rates in Corning were around $994 for him, which made insuring his car in Corning 31% lower than in the typical city or town in the state. In terms of dollars, that is a difference of $456.

Bath, NY

Either named after the England city or the daughter of an original landowner, Bath is a town of nearly 6,000 residents. Our benchmark motorist’s average quotes here were the second lowest out of all the places we examined - around $1,016 for a year’s worth of coverage. This made insuring a Toyota Camry in Bath 30% lower for our benchmark driver versus the state’s average cost.

Elmira, NY

In this city of 29,000, our sample motorist saw costs that were 31% less than the state mean, around $1,024. This came out to be $426 less for our motorist compared to living elsewhere in New York. Many notable people were born in Elmira, including Olivia Langdon Clemens, Mark Twain’s wife.

Olean, NY

The largest city in Cattaraugus County, Olean is home to more than 14,000 people. Sample quotes collected were the fourth lowest, averaging 29% less than the state’s average rate. In terms of dollars, insurance coverage for a year would cost around $1,030 for our profiled driver's Toyota Camry in Olean, which meant $420 less than the state mean.

Wellsville, NY

The town of Wellsville is home to around 7,400 people and a part of Allegany County. The town rounded up our five least expensive places in New York for the lowest rates based on our sample motorist. On average, his annual rates here were about $1,036 for a 12-month policy, making Wellsville rates $414 less than the state’s mean rate.

Most Expensive Places

The cities on the highest end in terms of car insurance costs were all located in Nassau county, with the exception of New York City. For our driver, living in one of these places could mean paying double for auto insurance compared to the state’s average cost.

Cities with highest car insurance rates in New York

New York, NY

New York City is the most populated city in America, and our driver here saw rates that werwe 105% higher than the state average. In terms of dollars, that difference was $1,523 - a huge difference from the mean we derived for his profile across over 100 cities and towns in the state. His quotes here averaged $2,973 for a year’s coverage. The busy city is home to over 8 million residents and many tourists visiting daily, which surely contribute to such high costs.

How NYC Boroughs Ranked by Car Insurance

Although the New York City average is $2,973, depending on which borough our driver lived in his rate difference amounted to $941. Here is a breakdown of our 30 year old driver's cost in each borough, from the most expensive borough to the least:

Brooklyn

The most expensive borough for car insurance was Brooklyn, based on our numbers. Costs for our driver here were $3,501, which was 18% higher than the city’s average and 141% higher than the state mean. Brooklyn is home to over 2.6 million residents, making it the most populated borough in the city. About a third of the working population here commutes to work, a possible reason contributing to Brooklyn's higher costs.

Queens

Queens is the largest borough in terms of size and the second most populated borough in the City. Here, about 45% of drivers commute to work, including our profiled driver, who received quotes with rates just 1% higher than the city average. However, the $2,995 annual premium still made our driver’s policy here 107% costlier than the state average. This rate made Queens the second most expensive borough in New York for car insurance.

Bronx

Home to over 1.4 million residents, Bronx is the only borough that is not part of an island. 37% of Bronx’s working population commutes to work by car. Our single male driver was quoted $2,897, 3% lower than the city mean but 100% higher than the state average. This made Bronx ranked third in terms of insurance costs in New York City.

Manhattan

Our driver in Manhattan saw car insurance costs that were 11% lower than the city average, but 83% higher than the state’s average. Here, his quotes were $2,650 for his coverage - on the lower half of the five boroughs. Although Manhattan is the most densely populated spot in America, a majority of working Manhattanites utilize public transportation options, while only 12% commute by car.

Staten Island

The most affordable borough for our driver was Staten Island. Our driver living in Staten Island had rates of $2,560, meaning that his costs were 14% lower than the city average. However, the rates were still 77% higher than the state average. Staten Island has the highest percentage of drivers commuting to work; however, it is also the smallest borough in terms of population.

Hempstead, NY

The second most expensive place in our study was Hempstead, where our motorist’s annual rates averaged $2,860. Hempstead is one of the most populated areas in the state and our driver here saw quotes 97% higher than the state benchmark. This translates to a $1,410 higher outlay for our example motorist compared to the state average. This large town consists of 22 villages and 37 hamlets, whose population total 760,000.

Lawrence, NY

Lawrence ranked third on our list of most expensive places, with average costs 86% higher than the state average, at $2,692. That meant our driver generally would pay $1,242 more than what he otherwise would if he lived in other Empire State cities. In the Village of Lawrence is Old Lawrence, where upper class families lived since the American Revolution. Large mansions, beach homes, and former plantations dot the landscape here.

Massapequa, NY

Located within Nassau County, close to the town of Oyster Bay, Massapequa is a CDP with more than 22,000 people residing in the region. Here was where our benchmark motorist received the fourth most expensive quotes in the state. His rates averaged $2,475 for a year’s coverage for his Toyota Camry. Compared to the state’s average costs, these rates were 71% higher, which meant a $1,025 difference.

Garden City, NY

A village located in Hempstead, Garden City rounded up our list of the five most expensive places in New York. Our 30 year old driver found rates that were 69% greater than the state average, or $995 more than what he'd pay living in the average city in our study. Home to over 22,000 residents, Garden City is also where Adelphi University, the first four-year higher education institution in Nassau or Suffolk counties, is located.

How Cost Differs in New York by Location

We looked at 104 places in New York and found the state average to be $1,450, based on our sample driver’s profile. Using the average as a benchmark, auto insurance costs could range anywhere from 31% lower to 69% higher than the New York benchmark depending on where he lived. Below is a list of all the places we examined, ranked from lowest to highest average annual rate:

RankCityAnnual Average Rate

1

Corning$994

2

Bath1,016

3

Elmira1,024

4

Olean1,030

5

Wellsville1,036

6

Hornell1,079

7

Geneva1,083

8

Webster1,090

9

Fairport1,092

10

Plattsburgh1,094

11

Farmington1,094

12

Newark1,096

13

Jamestown1,097

14

Palmyra1,100

15

Penfield1,101

16

Binghamton1,112

17

Canandaigua1,114

18

Penn Yan1,122

19

Ithaca1,125

20

Glens Falls1,128

21

Mayville1,129

22

Westfield1,131

23

Springville1,137

24

Salamanca1,137

25

Little Falls1,139

26

Saratoga Springs1,140

27

Brighton1,144

28

Oneida1,149

29

Watertown1,149

30

Le Roy1,149

31

Herkimer1,159

32

Gates1,159

33

Ellicottville1,161

34

Cortland1,162

35

Alfred1,166

36

Fulton1,170

37

North Tonawanda1,173

38

Gloversville1,176

39

Oswego1,178

40

Batavia1,183

41

Rochester1,187

42

Henrietta1,188

43

Norwich1,192

44

Schenectady1,194

45

Tonawanda1,195

46

Rome1,196

47

West Seneca1,204

48

Williamsville1,212

49

Cobleskill1,216

50

Troy1,218

51

Albany1,219

52

Oneonta1,225

53

Auburn1,225

54

Medina1,236

55

Amsterdam1,243

56

Irondequoit1,251

57

Cooperstown1,253

58

Lockport1,280

59

Niagara Falls1,286

60

Orchard Park1,292

61

Amherst1,296

62

Hamburg1,301

63

Syracuse1,329

64

Utica1,329

65

Dunkirk1,357

66

Hudson1,359

67

Saugerties1,413

68

Millerton1,478

69

Kingston1,516

70

Poughkeepsie1,544

71

Hyde Park1,551

72

Buffalo1,645

73

Sag Harbor1,653

74

Southampton1,657

75

Mattituck1,660

76

Ellenville1,671

77

Cold Spring1,687

78

Westhampton1,695

79

East Hampton1,696

80

Yorktown1,706

81

Port Chester1,724

82

Rye Brook1,751

83

Callicoon1,758

84

Newburgh1,763

85

Nyack1,784

86

Middletown1,799

87

White Plains1,819

88

Setauket1,877

89

Pelham1,921

90

Monsey1,953

91

New City1,983

92

Nanuet2,004

93

Narrowsburg2,038

94

Huntington2,176

95

Melville2,195

96

Amityville2,206

97

Lindenhurst2,212

98

Babylon2,216

99

Mineola2,388

100

Garden City2,445

101

Massapequa2,475

102

Lawrence2,692

103

Hempstead2,860

104

New York2,973

How We Conducted the Study & Minimum Coverage Requirements

We collected quotes from 7 car insurance companies across 104 cities, villages, and towns in NY for our 30 year old male sample driver. To obtain these cost estimates, we kept all variables for getting coverage the same, except where he lived. One of the controlled variables is the amount of coverage our driver obtained. Below is the state required limits as well as the coverage used in our study:

Coverage Type

NY Required LimitsStudy Limits

Bodily Injury (BI)

$25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident$50,000 per person / $100,000 per accident

Property Damage (PD)

$10,000 per accident$50,000 per accident

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists BI

$25,000 per person / $50,000 per accident$50,000 per person / $100,000 per accident

Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

$50,000, $200 deductible$50,000, $200 deductible

Comprehensive

Not required$500 deductible

Collision

Not required$500 deductible

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