MetLife life insurance received a high score for “value for price,” receiving 4.5 out of 5 stars, in our survey of the best life insurance companies. The survey also found 27 percent of customers we surveyed said they chose MetLife was because it offered the best price, 27 percent, and its reputation, 21 percent. MetLife is the largest life insurance company in the United States and is based in New York City.
Protecting life and limb
The origins of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) go back to 1863, when a group of New York City businessmen raised $100,000 to found the National Union Life and Limb Insurance Company. The new company insured Civil War sailors and soldiers against disabilities due to wartime wounds, accidents and sickness. In 1868, after several reorganizations and five difficult years, the company decided to focus on the life insurance business. A new company was chartered to sell "ordinary" insurance to the middle class.
Life insurance policies offered
- Term life
- Guaranteed acceptance whole life
- Whole life
- Universal life
- Variable Universal life
- Survivorship life
MetLife Life Insurance Company
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166
Life insurance customer service: 1-800-638-5000