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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

50 State Ranking of Median Real Estate Taxes Paid

The Tax Foundation has published New Census Data on Property Taxes on Homeowners, by Gerald Prante:

Rank

State

Median Tax

1

New Jersey

$6,320

2

Connecticut

$4,603

3

New Hampshire

$4,501

4

New York

$3,622

5

Rhode Island

$3,534

6

Massachusetts

$3,406

7

Illinois

$3,384

8

Vermont

$3,281

9

Wisconsin

$2,963

10

California

$2,829

41

Tennessee

$924

42

New Mexico

$843

43

Kentucky

$823

44

Oklahoma

$762

45

South Carolina

$678

46

Arkansas

$534

47

Mississippi

$468

48

West Virginia

$457

49

Alabama

$383

50

Louisiana

$188

Interestingly, the ten states with the highest median real estate taxes paid voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, and nine of the ten states with the lowest median real estate taxes paid voted for John McCain (New Mexico voted for President Obama).

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Comments

Interesting--the antitax sentiment appears to be stronger in the lower-tax states--so it appears to be an anti-Federal income tax more than a generic antitax feeling at issue.

Posted by: mike livingston | Sep 23, 2009 6:44:31 AM

I am skepitcal of these rankings since they do not show Texas and Florida as the highest. Something odd here.

Posted by: Gary Dicus | Sep 23, 2009 6:51:46 AM

Easy to explain Texas's absence. Property values in Texas are much lower than in the northeast. When that is taken into account, the study ranks Texas at #1:

"The top 10 states for median real estate taxes as a percentage of median home value are Texas (1.76%); New Jersey (1.74%); Nebraska (1.72%); Wisconsin (1.71%); New Hampshire (1.70%); Illinois (1.57%); Vermont (1.53%); Connecticut (1.50%); Michigan (1.45%); and North Dakota (1.41%)."

Posted by: Peter | Sep 23, 2009 9:25:37 AM

As president Obama indicated sunday, there's no agreement on what a tax is.

California has seen squabbles over whether a parcel tax on property is a fee for a specific service or a tax. (Prop 13 and Prop 215 provide different requirements for enacting "taxes" & "fees".) Also, California funds general government services and projects through bonds that are repaid by assessments on real property- not a tax, but pretty expensive.

I've always fantasized that all government fees, taxes, assessments, excises, etc. could be collected once a year by sending a bill to taxpayers. Instead of a 1000 cuts, each person is confronted by the totality of what they pay.

Posted by: guy in the veal calf office | Sep 23, 2009 10:04:03 AM

These numbers are very weird, I live in NY State and my real estate taxes are greater than $13,000.00 per year and I have a very modest 1700 Sq Ft 3 bedromm 2 bath home on 1/4 acre of land. I used toown a condo in North Miami Beach that was a 2 bedroom 2 bath unit and the taxes were over $9,000.00 per year.

Posted by: Martin Edwards | Sep 28, 2009 2:25:13 PM