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California is no. 1! (in dog bite insurance claims)

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California leads the nation in dog bite claims, says a report of 2011 statistics released Wednesday by State Farm Insurance.

With more dogs and people living in California than in any other part of the U.S., it's no great surprise that the Golden State would win Best in Show for the number of jaw run-ins.

With a 31 percent jump over the previous year, 527 claims were filed in CA in 2011, with victims receiving about $20.3 million, according to State Farm. 

A nationwide total of 3,800 bite claims paid out $109 million, compared to 3,500 claims and $90 million in 2010, said a spokesman for the insurance giant.

Overall, insurance companies paid a combined estimated total of $479 million for canine chompings in 2011, according to the Insurance Information Institute. In 2010, that number was estimated at $413 million.

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