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Car insurance in Portland costs an average of $2,033 for full coverage, or $169 per month. But some companies offer better rates than others. In 2024, USAA offers the cheapest full coverage car insurance policy at $1,440 per year.

Portland is the state of Oregon’s largest city, both by size and population. Around 635,000 people call Portland home. With so many people, it might not be surprising that Portland residents also face higher car insurance costs, on average. 

If you live in the City of Roses, car insurance will likely be a big-ticket item in your budget. For most drivers, seeking out the cheapest option is critical. We explore the most affordable options.

Key Takeaways

  • Full coverage car insurance in Portland is $2,033, higher than the national average of $1,895. 
  • The cheapest car insurance company for a full coverage policy in Portland is USAA.
  • Full coverage car insurance in Oregon costs an average of $1,678, which is significantly less than the average Portland driver pays.

How to find the best car insurance in Portland

If you want to find the best car insurance option in Portland, you’ll need to shop around. When you get quotes from at least three different car insurance companies, you can compare costs to find the most affordable option for your situation. Before committing to a policy, ask the insurer if you qualify for additional discounts to lower your costs. 

Cheapest car insurance company in Portland

USAA offers the cheapest car insurance coverage in Portland, with an average annual rate of $1,440 for a full coverage policy. But USAA only offers coverage to individuals with qualifying military connections and their family members. The next cheapest company is Oregon Mutual, at $1,458 per year. 

Explore the other cheap car insurance options in Portland in the table below. 

Average annual rates from the largest U.S. insurers in Portland

CompanyAverage annual rates for state minimumAverage annual rates for full coverage
USAA$566$1,440
Oregon Mutual$625$1,458
Geico$644$1,805
Travelers$700$1,619
Country Financial$732$1,838
State Farm$822$2,015
Progressive$838$2,029
Nationwide$1,141$1,815
Allstate$1,288$3,379
Farmers$1,416$2,929

How much is car insurance in Portland per month?

Since every driver has a unique situation, car insurance costs vary from driver to driver. But on average, Portland drivers pay $169 per month for full-coverage car insurance. A minimum coverage car insurance policy costs an average of $72 per month. 

The table below breaks down average car insurance premiums by insurance company and coverage level. 

Monthly rates for car insurance in Portland. 

CompanyAverage monthly rates for state minimum Average annual rates for full coverage
Oregon Mutual$52$122
Geico$54$150
Travelers$58$135
Country Financial$61$153
State Farm$69$168
Progressive$70$169
Nationwide$95$151
Allstate$107$282
Farmers$118$244

How do rates in Portland compare to other large cities in the U.S.?

Car insurance companies take many factors into consideration when determining your auto insurance premiums. In general, urban drivers in large cities pay more for car insurance than drivers in more rural areas. That’s because big cities tend to have higher rates of vandalism, theft, and accidents, all of which pushes car insurance costs higher. 

James Brau, professor of finance at Brigham Young University, says that the more risk the insurance company must bear, the higher the premium they must charge to stay in business and make a profit. 

“Large cities tend to present more risk to the insurance companies than rural areas. Large cities have more people, more cars and higher chances of getting in wrecks or having other damage done to vehicles,” Brau says. “As such, insurance firms must charge higher premiums in cities. Cities that are relatively more dangerous, in turn, must charge higher premiums than cities that are not as risky. Insurance companies study damage losses per metropolitan area and assign premiums depending on the number of wrecks in an area.”

See how much you can expect to pay for car insurance in several major U.S. cities in the table below.

CityFull-coverage cost
Chicago$1,930
Dallas$2,278
Houston$2,317
Los Angeles$3,149
New York$2,600
Philadelphia$2,782
Phoenix$2,251
San Antonio$2,181
San Diego$2,324
San Jose$2,406
Las Vegas$2,594
Baltimore$2,345
Boston$2,103
Charlotte$,1824
Columbus$1,597
Denver$2,337
Detroit$2,987
El Paso$2,112
Fort Worth$2,030
Indianapolis$1,627
Jacksonville$2,692
Memphis$2,161
Nashville$1,708
Oklahoma City$2,373
Portland$2,033
San Francisco$2,777
Seattle$1,910
Washington$2,157
Louisville$2,359

Here’s what you need to know when driving in Portland

Portland drivers spend an average of 26.6 minutes each way when commuting to and from work. 

Here’s what to know about driving in Portland for a smooth and safe experience. 

  • Rush hour runs from 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. If possible, avoid the roads during these times. 
  • While you might know where you are going, use a map app to help you skip any unnecessary traffic. 

As you navigate the city, keep these rules in mind:

  • You cannot attach items to your vehicle other than approved trailers. For example, it’s illegal to attach a sled to your vehicle. 
  • If your vehicle exceeds the weight limits of a particular road, you could face a fine to help repair the road. 
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians and bicyclists at all times.
  • Put on your turn signal at least 100 feet before turning or changing lanes.
  • Always use your headlights.

How much car insurance do I need in Portland?

Drivers in Portland must carry a minimum amount of car insurance. Below is a breakdown of the state’s minimum auto insurance requirements:

  • $25,000 in bodily injury per for a person involved in an accident 
  • $50,000 for bodily injury for two or more people in an accident
  • $20,000 in property damage coverage per accident

You’ll need an auto insurance policy with these minimum coverage requirements. But depending on your situation, you may need more insurance coverage. For example, drivers who want help repairing or replacing their own vehicle after an incident might want collision and comprehensive coverage. 

Average cost of car insurance in Portland

Drivers in Portland pay an average of $862 for a state minimum coverage policy. But drivers who want more financial protection pay an average of $2,033 for a full coverage policy. 

In contrast to the national average cost of $1,895 for a full coverage policy, Portland drivers pay significantly more. The average cost of a full coverage policy in the state of Oregon is $1,678 per year, which means drivers in Portland also pay more than drivers around the state. 

Annual average rates in Portland, for state minimum coverage and full coverage

Coverage levelAverage annual rates
State minimum coverage$862
Full coverage$2,033

How much does car insurance in Portland cost with violations?

Car insurance costs often increase after you receive a traffic violation. You should expect to pay more for car insurance if you receive a violation in the form of a speeding ticket, at-fault accident, or DUI conviction. 

For example, Portland drivers see their rates increase by an average of 67% after an accident. If you are caught speeding, that ticket could push your car insurance rates up by an average of  39%. DUIs also lead to higher costs, with an average rate increase of 83% and bad credit can increase your rates 72%.

See rate increases in Portland in the table below by violation. 

Violation% increase
At-Fault Accident67%
Bad Credit72%
DUI83%
Speeding39%

Cheapest car insurance in Portland by age

Car insurance for teens in Portland is very expensive – the annual rate for an 18-year-old is $5,655 per year for a full coverage policy. Rates start to head down at age 25 and back up in your late 60s. See other rates by age in the table below.

Annual rates for state minimum and full coverage car insurance in Portland by age. 

AgeState minimum coverageFull coverage
18$2,652$5,655
25$966$2,341
40$862$2,033
65$814$1,919

Compare auto insurance rates in Portland by ZIP code 

Where you live within Portland also has an impact on your car insurance costs. In Portland, the cheapest ZIP codes for car insurance are 97219, 97201, and 97221. In contrast, the most expensive are 97233, 97266 and 97236. 

See the tables below for the cheapest and most expensive ZIP codes in Portland. 

Cheapest annual car insurance rates in Portland, by ZIP code 

ZIP codeAverage annual rate for full coverage
97219$1,860
97201$1,872
97221$1,886
97210$1,906
97205$1,910
97209$1,922
97239$1,929
97258$1,932
97232$1,950
97214$1,955

Most expensive annual car insurance rates in Portland, by ZIP code 

ZIP codeAverage annual rate for full coverage
97233$2,279
97266$2,275
97236$2,245
97230$2,189
97216$2,180
97220$2,162
97206$2,122
97218$2,094
97211$2,090
97213$2,056

Our recommendations: Car insurance for drivers in Portland

On average, Portland drivers get the cheapest coverage by purchasing a policy with USAA. But if you don’t have a military connection, Oregon Mutual also offers relatively affordable rates. 

It’s worth noting that purchasing coverage based on pricing alone can be a mistake. A cheap policy isn’t worth much if it does not include the coverage you want and need. 

So, shop around and gather quotes from several insurance companies. This is the best way to get the coverage you need at the best price. 

A full coverage insurance policy with liability limits of 100/300/100 is the best option for most drivers. Consider increasing your liability limits as you accumulate wealth and your net worth increases. Purchasing as much car insurance as you can afford will give you peace of mind as you navigate the roads of Portland. 

Resources & Methodology

Sources:

Census Bureau “Portland” Accessed January 2024. 

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

Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services. “Minimum Insurance Requirements.” Accessed January 2024.

City of Portland. “Regulations.” Accessed January 2024. 

Methodology

In 2024, Insure.com commissioned Quadrant Information Services to pull rates for a 40-year-old who has a 12-mile commute and drives a 2023 Honda Accord LX 10k miles annually. The hypothetical driver has full coverage, carrying policy limits of 100/300/100 with $500 deductibles for comprehensive and collision coverages. We analyzed 51,088,003 insurance quotes from 167 companies across 34,588 ZIP codes in every state and Washington, D.C.

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Sarah Sharkey
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Sarah Sharkey is a personal finance writer with a master’s degree in management from the Hough School of Business at the University of Florida. She enjoys helping readers find money solutions that work. She has written for numerous personal-finance publications including Money Under 30 and The College Investor.