10 Facts: Home and Auto

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  1. There are more than 132 million housing units in the United States, more than 80 million of which are detached, single-family homes, and roughly one-in-four of those homes were built prior to the 1970s. (U.S. Census Bureau)
  2. In 2011, homeowners insurance accounted for 14.9 percent of the total direct written premiums for all property casualty lines of insurance. (SNL Financial LC)
  3. A 2012 poll found 96 percent of homeowners had homeowners insurance, but only 31 percent of renters had renters insurance. (Insurance Information Institute)
  4. Five million existing-home sales are expected to occur this year, and the median home price in the U.S. was $173,600 as of January. (National Association of Realtors)
  5. More than 15.4 million new vehicles will be purchased or leased in the U.S. in 2013, up by 1 million vehicles over 2012. (National Automobile Dealers Association)
  6. In 2011 less than 1 percent of those with liability insurance had a bodily injury liability claim while 3.5 percent of those with liability insurance had a property damage liability claim. (Insurance Services Office)
  7. Passenger cars per capita in the U.S. numbered 627 to 1,000 people as measured from 2008 to 2012. It was 427 in the United Kingdom and 472 in Norway. The per capita in Bangladesh was 2. (The World Bank)
  8. In 2011, auto insurance paid out $117.4 billion for auto insurance claims. (Insurance Information Institute)
  9. There are more than 1,700 fatalities and 840,000 injuries yearly due to vehicle crashes on public highways. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
  10. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.(U.S. Department of Transportation)

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