Survey Says: 72% of Young Homeowners Expect Climate Change-Related Extreme Weather to Damage Their Homes in Next 30 Years

According to a new survey conducted by insurtech leader Policygenius, there is widespread concern about climate change-related extreme weather, particularly among young homeowners.

Source: Policygenius | Published on August 11, 2022

High winds 80 to 100 miles per hour fueled apocalyptic wild fires which tore across open grasslands and through homes in Superior, Colorado off highway 36. Power was cut to 34,000 homes and over 30,000 residents were forced to evacuate. Over 500 homes were destroyed by the Marshall fire outside Boulder, Colorado which was sparked by downed power lines in high winds on December 30, 2021.

Nearly three-quarters (72%) of young insured homeowners (ages 18 to 34) in the survey expect extreme weather to damage their homes in the next 30 years (describing it as very or somewhat likely), compared to nearly half (45%) of all adult homeowners. In the next 30 years, nearly two-thirds (64%) of young homeowners believe they will choose or be forced to relocate due to climate change-related extreme weather, compared to 27% of all homeowners.

This disparity increases for young parents: 77% of young homeowners who have children under 18 expect to move in the next 30 years due to climate change-related extreme weather, compared to 25% of total non-parents and 15% of total parents with children older than 18.

"As natural disasters continue to worsen due to climate change, it's understandable if younger homeowners are wary of the future. In 2021, there were 20 climate disasters in the U.S. that each caused over $1 billion in damage. This included the unprecedented cold wave in Texas that left many homes without power, and Colorado's Marshall Fire which destroyed an entire community," Pat Howard, a licensed property and casualty insurance expert at Policygenius, said. "But there are multiple things you can do to protect your family and financial future, including checking to see if you have enough home or flood insurance coverage."

The Policygenius 2022 Climate Change Survey also found that:

Many homeowners have already experienced damage due to extreme weather. Nearly one-third (31%) of insured homeowners have already sustained home damage from a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, flood, or other extreme weather event, while nearly half (48%) of homeowners know another homeowner who has.

Many Americans may be underinsured. One-third (33%) of homeowners either don't believe they have enough insurance for a full rebuild of their homes, or aren't sure if they do. Just 21% of homeowners have purchased flood insurance, even though flood damage isn't covered by most home insurance policies.

Homeowners in the South are most likely to have seen home damage from extreme weather. Around 37% have suffered damage to their home due to extreme weather, versus 31% of all homeowners. And more than half of Southern homeowners (54%) know someone whose home has been damaged by extreme weather, versus 48% of all homeowners.

However, homeowners in the South aren't more likely to move. Over half (52%) of homeowners in the South think it likely their homes will be damaged by climate change-related extreme weather in the next 30 years. However, under one-third (31%) of Southern homeowners said they're likely to move in the next 30 years due to climate change, comparable with rates in the West (32%) and the Northeast (28%).

Policygenius commissioned YouGov to poll 1,348 insured American homeowners 18 or older. YouGov conducted this survey online from May 13 to May 17, 2022. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all U.S. adults (aged 18+). You can see additional data in the full report here.

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