DC Fact Sheet 2017


  • The life insurance industry generates approximately 2,900 jobs in the District of Columbia, including 1,300 direct employees and 1,600 non-insurance jobs.
  • 413 life insurers are licensed to do business and none are domiciled in the District of Columbia.


  • District of Columbia residents have $171 billion in total life insurance coverage.
  • Residents own 268,000 individual life insurance policies, with coverage averaging $170,000 per policyholder.
  • Group life insurance coverage amounts to $125 billion.
  • Individual life insurance coverage purchased in 2015 totaled $5 billion.
  • $2 billion was paid to District residents in the form of death benefits, matured endowments, policy dividends, surrender values, and other payments in 2015.
  • Annuity benefits paid in 2015 totaled $311 million.


  • Life insurance companies invest approximately $42 billion in the District of Columbia's economy.
  • About $26 billion of this investment is in stocks and bonds that help finance business development, job creation, and services.
  • Life insurers provide $12 billion in mortgage loans on farm, residential, and commercial properties, and own $2 billion in real estate in the District.

Across America

  • 75 million American families depend on life insurers' products to protect their financial and retirement security.
  • More than 16 percent of Americans' long-term savings is in permanent life insurance and retirement annuities.
  • Life insurers pay out $1.7 billion to families and businesses every day.
  • Life insurers are leading providers of retirement solutions, including 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457s, IRAs, and annuities, managing 20 percent of all defined contribution plan assets and 14 percent of all IRA assets.
  • The life insurance industry generates approximately 2.5 million jobs in the U.S.
  • Life insurers invest $5.9 trillion in the U.S. economy—90 percent of the industry's total assets.
  • Life insurers are a major source of bond financing for American businesses, holding 20 percent of all U.S. corporate bonds.

ACLI in the District of Columbia

  • 239 ACLI member companies provide financial and retirement security to families through life insurance, annuities, long-term care and disability income insurance, and retirement plans.
  • 91 percent of all life and annuity payments are from ACLI member companies.
  • 88 percent of total life insurance coverage is provided by ACLI members.

Sources: ACLI calculations based on National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) 2015 annual statement data; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2015 data; U.S. Census Bureau, 2015 data; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 data; and U.S. Treasury Department, 2015 data.


ACLI's State Fact Sheets provide useful information about the life insurance industry in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including:

  • Residents employed by the industry
  • Industry investments
  • Residents covered and benefits paid


The State Insurance Department Directory, with contact information for 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Includes names and phone numbers for key personnel and specific subject contacts.