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How much life insurance do you need? Our life insurance calculator tells you.

How much life insurance
do you need?
Are you looking for: (Check all that apply)
  • Extra income to my family
  • Money for funeral costs
  • An inheritance for my heirs

Life insurance shoppers start their buying process with two crucial questions:

  • What type of life insurance do I need?
  • How much coverage should I buy?

Insure.com’s life insurance calculator (at right) makes it simple for you to find quick answers to these questions. The tool offers an individualized analysis of your life insurance needs.

By answering questions about family debt, college-bound children, inheritance plans and other financial obligations, you’ll receive an analysis of whether you need term life or permanent life insurance (or both), and the amount of coverage you should buy.

Armed with answers to the two starting-point questions, you’ll then be ready to seek life insurance quotes.

Ensuring you have sufficient life insurance coverage is one of the best ways to provide a financial safety net for your family should you no longer be there to provide for them. You'll see by the findings below that while most people realize life insurance is essential, they need help figuring out how much to buy. Key findings from the 2017 Insurance Barometer report by the research trade association LIMRA and the non-profit life insurance awareness association LifeHappens.org show:

  • 85% of people say they need life insurance, yet just 59% own it
  • Many have put off buying life insurance based on the belief that it costs too much, but consumers tend tooverestimate the price. For instance, when asked how much a $250,000 term life policy would be for a healthy30-year-old, the median estimate was $500 — more than three times the actual cost
  • More than 20% of those who own life insurance say they don't have enough coverage
  • 39% wish their spouses or partners had more life insurance coverage
  • Four in 10 households without any life insurance would have immediate trouble paying living expenses if their primary wage earner died.

Insure.com’s life insurance calculator can help you figure out what you need. It takes into account a variety of life situations. For example, a person who wishes to cover certain debts like a mortgage often needs term life insurance, which provides insurance protection for a specified period of time. On the other hand, someone who oversees a family business or who wants to provide an inheritance to children through life insurance may need a permanent life insurance policy.

Our life insurance calculator keeps a running total of coverage amounts required, and its analysis shows how your answers led to the specific results.


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1 Responses to "How much life insurance do you need? Our life insurance calculator tells you."
  1. Muhammad Ramzan Bhatti

    Great life insurance calculator. Thanks!


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