15 States Where People Pay the Most and Least Property Taxes

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Property taxes are a necessary evil for funding many programs, though they are a burden on many people.

Property taxes fund our libraries, public schools, Fire Departments, sewer services, and many other services. Property taxes vary greatly by state, city, and municipality, and that also affects the services that each place receives.

There are different ways to calculate how much the residents of various states pay in property taxes. This is a look at the actuarial dollar amount, which is the average people in the state pay per capita. Property tax burdens can be measured by looking at the percentage of personal income paid in property taxes each year.

Using data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis, USAFacts examined Americans’ property tax burdens — the proportion of their personal income paid in state and local property taxes.

New Jersey

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The Garden State has the highest amount of property taxes paid per capita. New Jersey homeowners pay an average of $3,580. This can be a considerable amount per month for many residents.

 

New Hampshire

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The beautiful scenery of New Hampshire commands a lot in property taxes. Residents here pay an average of $3,330 every year for their property taxes.

 

Connecticut

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With scenery similar to New Hampshire, Connecticut has the same property tax paid per capita. The average is $3,330 in this tiny state.

 

New York

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In New York, the average property owner pays about $3,230 per year. While real estate there tends to be high, it doesn’t have the highest property burden on residents or the highest per capita price tag.

 

Vermont

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Vermont sees a relatively high amount of property tax per capita at about $2,940 per person. The state has a lot of rural properties so that this one might be surprising for its high cost.

 

Maine

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With its sparse population and rural setting, Maine may not be what people think of as a high-priced area. However, residents here pay an average of $2,900 for property taxes.

 

Massachusetts

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Massachusetts people pay an average of $2,690 in property taxes each year. This places the state firmly at number seven of all the states in the country.

 

Rhode Island

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Rhode Island may be a tiny sliver of the country, but it certainly pays its share of property taxes. The per capita average here is $2,530 for residents of the smallest state.

 

Illinois

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In Illinois, you can expect to pay a lot each year for your property taxes. The per capita average for these taxes is $2,290 for a state with one of the highest populations of all the states.

 

Alabama

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When you want to pay the least possible in property taxes, it’s time to move to Alabama. Homeowners here pay an average of just $647. Buying in the Heart of Dixie just may be worth the price.

 

Arkansas

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As the second-lowest state regarding per-capita property taxes, Arkansas’s people pay only $796 a year. The Natural State has an overall low cost of living, and property taxes are an important part of that.

 

Tennessee

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Another low-priced state in the Southeast, the Volunteer State asks little of its homeowners. Per capita, they each pay an average of $856 each year.

 

Oklahoma

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Living in the Sooner State is great when you pay so little in property taxes. The average price each year for these taxes is just $884 per capita.

 

New Mexico

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The Land of Enchantment is largely rural, and its property taxes reflect its generally low home prices. The per capita amount paid each year is about $907.

 

Louisiana

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Like many other Southern states, the rates of property taxes in Louisiana are low. Across the state, homeowners pay an average of about $914.

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Author: Lizz Shepherd

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Lizz Shepherd is a freelance writer living in Alabama.