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Connecticut is ranked the ninth-most expensive state for car insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute, with the average driver spending about $1,168.33 per year on premiums. 

Connecticut drivers have a big opportunity to save if they’re willing to shop around. Auto insurance costs can vary widely from person to person, and there are many factors that go into them.

Things like your age, gender, and your credit score can all influence your premium, or the amount you’ll pay for coverage. Each company uses a different formula to consider these factors into your price, so you’ll want to get a few different quotes to see which company offers you the best price. 

That said, some companies offer excellent rates in Connecticut. Here are a few to help you start your search. 

The following are the most popular car insurance companies in Connecticut, based on the percentage of insured Connecticut drivers who use them:

Company Market share (%)
GEICO 18.44
Progressive 11.27
Allstate 9.72
Liberty Mutual 8.41
State Farm 7.1
Travelers 5.71
USAA* 4.77
MetLife 3.74
Amica 3.61
Nationwide 3.3
The Hartford 3.08
CSAA Insurance 2.28
The Hanover Insurance Group 1.92
Farmers 1.85
National General 1.85
American Family 1.67
Chubb 1.62
Plymouth Rock 0.96
Kemper 0.84
Utica National Insurance 0.7
Arbella Insurance 0.7

*USAA is only for active military, veterans, and their families.

Data from S&P Global Intelligence

Customer satisfaction with car insurance providers may factor into your decision. According to J.D. Power, a consumer research company that surveys customers, these are the top car insurance companies in the

CONNECTICUT — More than six months into the new coronavirus pandemic, colleges are struggling to resume in-person classes and, in some cases, reverting back to online courses only days into the new semester.

Such challenges raise a question: Is a college degree today worth the actual cost?

Enter Money magazine. The publication this week released its annual ranking of the best colleges for the money. The list, which includes 13 schools in Connecticut, is meant to assuage the financial anxiety associated with the high price of college in the United States.

The 2020 list includes more than 700 colleges and universities. Colleges included in Money’s rankings had to meet certain criteria, such as having a graduation rate at or above the median and having at least 500 students. Colleges were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

Each category is weighted equally in calculating the rankings.

See the full methodology used by Money.

The following colleges in Connecticut were included on this year’s list:

  • Yale University, New Haven

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs

  • Trinity College, Hartford

  • Wesleyan University, Middletown

  • University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford

  • Albertus Magnus College, New Haven

  • Connecticut College, New London

  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic

  • Fairfield University, Fairfield

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden

  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven

  • Sacred Heart University, Fairfield

  • University of New Haven, West Haven

According to Money, the top 10 colleges for your money are:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  2. Stanford University, Stanford, California.

  3. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

  4. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  5. Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  6. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

  7. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

  8. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

  9. University of California-San Diego

  10. University of California-Davis

See the full rankings and read more about Money’s list.

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