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Florida has highest insurance rates in nation

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Updated: 12/18/2013 10:46 am

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida homeowners are paying the highest property insurance rates in the nation according to a new report.

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners released a report on Monday that shows that the average premium for Florida homeowners is $1,933. That's nearly twice the national average according to data compiled by the organization.

Five of the six states with the highest rates are along the Gulf of Mexico.

The report is based on 2011 rates and includes for the first time premiums paid by customers of Citizens Property Insurance. The state-created Citizens is the largest insurer in the state.

Florida's insurance rates have been steadily going up despite years without any hurricanes. There are some signs that rates are finally stabilizing now that reinsurance rates are going down.

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