# Here’s The Average American’s Tax Bill in Every State — How Do You Compare?

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Do you know how much Americans pay in taxes? The answer: It might be more than you think depending on where you live.

While state tax rates can be low — or even nonexistent in a number of states — your total tax bill incorporates many additional taxes, from sales tax and gas tax to property tax and more. As a result, the total tax bill people pay can differ greatly from state to state. In fact, the difference among the average tax burdens across the U.S. can be thousands of dollars.

To estimate how much Americans pay in taxes in all 50 states, GOBankingRates examined the average amount residents pay in sales, gas, income and property taxes in every state. Keep reading to see how much you’re paying in taxes compared to other Americans.

## Alabama: $12,056.54 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$5,712.56

**State income taxes paid: **$1,905.52

**Gas taxes paid: **$259.05

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,620.44

**Property taxes paid: **$559

Total taxes paid in Alabama are the eighth-lowest, on average, in the U.S. Homeowners in this state have the lowest property tax bill, on average, thanks to a low 0.435 percent tax rate. However, a low median home value also plays a role in the low property taxes paid. In fact, Alabama is one of the cheapest places to build a home, another GOBankingRates study found.

## Alaska: $16,122.90 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$11,225.32

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$217.33

**Sales taxes paid: **$700.22

**Property taxes paid:**$3,980

Although Alaska is one of the states with no income tax, total taxes paid here are above average when compared to other states in the U.S. The state’s median household income of $73,181 generates a big federal income tax bill. However, Alaska does have the lowest gas taxes paid.

## Arizona: $14,827.02 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,573.32

**State income taxes paid: **$1,527.69

**Gas taxes paid: **$245.34

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,314.09

**Property taxes paid:**$2,167.00

State income taxes paid in Arizona are lower than in most states due to the lower-than-average median household income here and relatively low-income tax rates. Sales tax paid, on the other hand, is higher in Arizona than in a majority of states.

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## Arkansas: $12,060.04 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$5,216.68

**State income taxes paid: **$2,071.41

**Gas taxes paid: **$263.71

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,743.77

**Property taxes paid:**$764.00

Arkansas has the ninth-lowest total tax bill on this list thanks to low federal income and property taxes paid in the state. It has the fourth-lowest average federal income tax bill because it has the third-lowest median household income in the U.S. And the average property tax bill in Arkansas is the fourth-lowest in the nation due to low median home values and a low property tax rate.

## California: $23,316.16 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$10,922.60

**State income taxes paid: **$4,004.48

**Gas taxes paid: **$484.98

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,397.64

**Property taxes paid:**$4,506.00

California has the fourth-highest tax burden, on average, because of high tax rates across the board. It has the second-highest gas taxes paid. And property and income taxes paid are high because of the state’s high home values and high median household income.

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## Colorado: $19,059.54 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$10,331.24

**State income taxes paid: **$3,094.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$265.02

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,991.83

**Property taxes paid:**$2,377.00

Colorado residents pay more in taxes — and pay a higher percentage of their income toward taxes, on average — than residents in more than half of the other states. That’s because of the relatively high state income and sales taxes they pay.

## Connecticut: $23,082.25 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$11,442.46

**State income taxes paid: **$3,829.24

**Gas taxes paid: **$406.06

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,526.35

**Property taxes paid:**$4,878.00

Connecticut has the fifth-highest total tax burden, on average, in the U.S. Although the median household income is a high $74,168, taxes consume more than 31 percent of that income. In fact, Connecticut also is one of the least tax-friendly states for retirees, another GOBankingRates survey found.

## Delaware: $13,382.74 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,952.94

**State income taxes paid: **$2,921.41

**Gas taxes paid: **$271.58

**Sales taxes paid: **$0.00

**Property taxes paid:**$1,237.00

Delaware is one of the few states with no sales tax. So that helps make total taxes paid lower here than in most states. Delaware also has the 11th-lowest property taxes paid, on average.

## District of Columbia: $25,231.29 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$13,247.34

**State income taxes paid: **$5,402.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$274.86

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,287.64

**Property taxes paid:**$4,019.00

Washington, D.C., has the second-highest state income taxes paid due to its high tax rate and the highest median household income in the country coming in at $82,372. Taxes as a percentage of income in the nation’s capital are about 30 percent, which is a higher percentage than in a majority of states.

## Florida: $12,439.09 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,696.18

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$392.03

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,705.38

**Property taxes paid:**$2,646.00

Florida is a state with no income tax, so that helps offset high gas taxes paid in the state. Property taxes and median home values are a bit above average, but in spite of this, many cities in Florida are ideal for buying investment property.

## Georgia: $15,445.91 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,485.76

**State income taxes paid: **$3,042.98

**Gas taxes paid: **$327.93

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,884.63

**Property taxes paid:**$1,745.00

Georgia ranks right about in the middle in terms of tax burden, with the 26th-highest tax bill out of 50 states plus D.C. Low to moderate tax bills across the board help keep the total taxes paid lower here than in a majority of states.

## Hawaii: $22,008.04 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$12,233.80

**State income taxes paid: **$5,565.44

**Gas taxes paid: **$436.24

**Sales taxes paid: **$1,730.65

**Property taxes paid:**$2,042.00

Hawaii has the highest state income taxes paid of any state due to its relatively high income tax rate and high median household income of $77,765. Hawaii also has the fourth-highest gas taxes paid. In addition to high taxes, living expenses are also particularly high in Hawaii.

## Idaho: $13,780.28 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,615.00

**State income taxes paid: **$2,527.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$337.18

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,399.04

**Property taxes paid:**$1,902.00

Total taxes paid in Idaho are lower than in most states. The median household income is $52,225, and combined federal and state income taxes adds up to just $9,142 a year.

## Illinois: $19,965.03 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,983.74

**State income taxes paid: **$3,118.10

**Gas taxes paid: **$366.77

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,461.30

**Property taxes paid:**$4,035.00

High sales, property and state income taxes contribute to a large total tax bill in Illinois. Taken altogether, Illinois residents pay nearly 32 percent of their income, on average, toward taxes, the fourth-highest percentage of all states.

## Indiana: $13,197.91 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,045.32

**State income taxes paid: **$1,750.05

**Gas taxes paid: **$395.57

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,784.95

**Property taxes paid:**$1,222.00

The tax burden in Indiana is lower, on average, than in most states due largely to low state income taxes paid. Plus, Indiana has the 10th-lowest property taxes paid, on average.

## Iowa: $16,079.03 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,010.90

**State income taxes paid: **$2,937.08

**Gas taxes paid: **$322.10

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,705.38

**Property taxes paid:**$2,104.00

Iowa ranks around the middle of states for total taxes paid, though leaning towards the costlier side. State income taxes paid here are a bit higher than in a majority of states. But property taxes paid in Iowa are slightly lower than in half of the states because of Iowa’s low median home value.

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## Kansas: $15,801.00 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,538.34

**State income taxes paid: **$2,588.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$278.34

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,453.34

**Property taxes paid:**$1,943.00

Kansas has the eighth-highest sales tax paid because of its 8.68 percent tax rate. Plus, state income taxes paid here are higher than in more than half of the states.

## Kentucky: $11,938.87 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$5,768.00

**State income taxes paid: **$2,292.25

**Gas taxes paid: **$291.26

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,387.10

**Property taxes paid:**$1,200.00

Kentucky has the sixth-lowest total tax bill on the list. Federal income and property taxes paid are particularly low, on average, due to the state’s low median income and property value. However, Kentucky ranks around the middle of states for state income taxes paid because of its relatively high 6 percent tax rate.

## Louisiana: $11,796.05 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$5,277.40

**State income taxes paid: **$1,574.66

**Gas taxes paid: **$251.97

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,986.46

**Property taxes paid:**$706.00

Louisiana’s average tax burden is the fourth-lowest in the U.S. thanks to low income and property taxes paid in the state. However, Louisiana residents pay more in sales taxes, on average, than residents in any state.

## Maine: $15,926.48 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,506.44

**State income taxes paid: **$2,991.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$317.57

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,188.18

**Property taxes paid:**$2,923.00

The total tax burden paid in Maine is higher than in half of the states because, although federal income taxes paid are lower due to the state’s lower-than-average median income, state income taxes and property taxes are higher here than in a majority of states.

## Maryland: $22,593.46 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$12,896.22

**State income taxes paid: **$3,729.99

**Gas taxes paid: **$352.27

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,387.10

**Property taxes paid:**$3,228.00

Maryland has the sixth-highest total taxes paid. The biggest contributor to the state’s tax burden is a big federal income tax bill on Maryland’s median household income of $80,776 — the second-highest in the nation.

## Massachusetts: $23,630.12 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$12,150.20

**State income taxes paid: **$3,844.64

**Gas taxes paid: **$294.81

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,486.56

**Property taxes paid:**$4,854.00

Massachusetts has the third-highest total tax burden, due in large part to big income tax bills on the state’s high median household income of $77,385. Massachusetts also has the fourth-highest property taxes paid because its average home value is among the highest. In Boston, 75 percent of households can’t afford to buy a home.

## Michigan: $14,986.86 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,205.48

**State income taxes paid: **$2,333.63

**Gas taxes paid: **$410.13

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,387.10

**Property taxes paid:**$2,651.00

Total taxes paid in Michigan are lower than in more than half of the states. A relatively low sales tax rate helps keep down the tax burden in the state. Federal income taxes paid are also lower in Michigan than in a majority of states because of the low median household income.

## Minnesota: $20,435.40 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$10,170.86

**State income taxes paid: **$4,216.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$308.32

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,952.05

**Property taxes paid:**$2,788.00

Total taxes paid in Minnesota are higher than in the majority of states due largely to a big federal income tax bill on its high median household income of $68,388. Relatively high sales taxes also contribute to a larger tax burden in Minnesota. There are still benefits to living in Minnesota, though — Minneapolis is the best city for millennials to buy a home.

## Mississippi: $10,615.73 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$4,701.88

**State income taxes paid: **$1,881.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$243.97

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,812.80

**Property taxes paid:**$976.00

Mississippi residents pay the second-lowest total tax bill in the nation. Federal income taxes paid here are also the second-lowest in the nation due to the state’s low median income. And property taxes are among the lowest in the nation as a result of a low tax rate and the fourth-lowest median home value.

Even though the tax burden is low here, another GOBankingRates study found that Mississippi is one of the worst states to be rich.

## Missouri: $13,903.24 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,912.66

**State income taxes paid: **$1,974.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$234.52

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,139.04

**Property taxes paid:**$1,587.00

Relatively low federal and state income taxes paid on Missouri’s median household income of $53,578 help keep total taxes paid here lower than in about two-thirds of states.

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## Montana: $12,001.21 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,870.42

**State income taxes paid: **$2,781.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$332.26

**Sales taxes paid: **$0.00

**Property taxes paid:**$2,018.00

Montana has the seventh-lowest total taxes paid. The total tax bill is low in Montana because it’s one of four states with no sales tax. Property and income taxes also are lower than the national average.

## Nebraska: $17,483.80 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,318.90

**State income taxes paid: **$3,071.32

**Gas taxes paid: **$310.29

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,741.19

**Property taxes paid:**$3,042.00

The total tax bill in Nebraska ranks among the top 20 states with the highest. The state’s effective property tax rate of 1.879 percent adds up to more than $3,000 a year in property taxes on an average home in Missouri. Based on a median income of $59,970, Nebraska’s state income tax is the 17th-highest in the study.

## Nevada: $14,209.70 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,886.16

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$342.30

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,238.50

**Property taxes paid:**$2,743.00

Even though Nevada has no state income tax, the total taxes paid here are higher than in half of the states. That’s because sales and gas taxes paid in Nevada are more than in a majority of states.

## New Hampshire: $17,475.42 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$11,269.32

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$277.03

**Sales taxes paid: **$0.00

**Property taxes paid:**$5,929.00

New Hampshire has no state sales tax or income tax (except on interest and dividends). However, it has the second-highest property taxes paid, on average. And federal income taxes paid are the seventh-highest in the nation because of New Hampshire’s high median household income of $73,381.

## New Jersey: $26,657.29 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$12,744.86

**State income taxes paid: **$3,286.16

**Gas taxes paid: **$392.29

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,625.81

**Property taxes paid:**$7,608.00

The total tax bill in New Jersey is the highest of all 50 states and D.C. Thanks to a high median income, federal income taxes are hefty. The property taxes paid are also the highest in the country, even though home values are only the eighth-highest. These factors and others make New Jersey a tough place to buy your first home.

## New Mexico: $11,919.56 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$5,409.18

**State income taxes paid: **$1,829.66

**Gas taxes paid: **$244.56

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,047.53

**Property taxes paid:**$1,389.00

New Mexico has the fifth-lowest total tax bill, on average, in the U.S. Property and especially income taxes paid are among the lowest of all states — due, in large part, to a low median income and a low median home value in the state. To avoid otherwise high sales taxes, wait to make purchases until New Mexico’s tax-free weekends, when no sales tax is collected.

## New York: $20,744.64 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$9,402.18

**State income taxes paid: **$3,326.75

**Gas taxes paid: **$419.97

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,377.75

**Property taxes paid:**$4,218.00

New York has the eighth-highest total taxes paid and — when taking all forms of taxes together — consume nearly 32 percent of income. A relatively high median household income of $64,894 plays a role in big federal and state income tax bills. And gas, sales and property taxes paid here are much higher than in most states.

## North Carolina: $13,861.00 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,730.94

**State income taxes paid: **$2,464.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$352.60

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,765.06

**Property taxes paid:**$1,548.00

The total tax bill in North Carolina is the 19th-lowest, on average, in the U.S. North Carolina residents pay less in income taxes than residents of most states because the median household income here is lower than average. Property taxes are on the lower side, though not as cheap as its neighbor South Carolina, where the effective state property tax rate is only 0.574 percent vs. North Carolina’s 0.855 percent.

## North Dakota: $15,070.49 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,730.96

**State income taxes paid: **$818.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$271.58

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,705.38

**Property taxes paid:**$2,545.00

Residents in North Dakota pay just around the average taxes compared across all states. One place where there are big savings is in state taxes. Of the states that have an income tax, North Dakota is the lowest, at an average of $818 paid per person. North Dakota is the best state for families to live a richer life, another GOBankingRates study found.

## Ohio: $13,843.51 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,010.12

**State income taxes paid: **$1,547.38

**Gas taxes paid: **$304.45

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,844.63

**Property taxes paid:**$2,137.00

State income taxes paid in Ohio are among the lowest in the nation because of the state’s relatively low income tax rates and low median household income. However, sales taxes paid are higher here than in a majority of states. Ohio’s effective property tax rate (1.553 percent) is on the higher side, which means that even with a median home value of just $137,600, you’d pay $2,137 in property taxes.

## Oklahoma: $12,972.35 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,136.72

**State income taxes paid: **$1,997.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$232.22

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,544.84

**Property taxes paid:**$1,062.00

Oklahoma has the 13th-lowest tax bill in the nation. Income and property taxes paid are lower than in most states because median income and median home values are near the bottom of the list. However, residents are hit by a high combined state and local sales tax of 8.91 percent.

## Oregon: $16,796.28 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,372.14

**State income taxes paid: **$4,378.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$361.92

**Sales taxes paid: **$0.00

**Property taxes paid:**$3,684.00

Oregon has no sales tax, which helps offset the third-highest state income taxes paid in the nation. In fact, Oregon is one of the most expensive states to file taxes because of its high state income tax rate and high property taxes.

## Pennsylvania: $15,561.57 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,148.40

**State income taxes paid: **$1,817.29

**Gas taxes paid: **$505.78

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,522.37

**Property taxes paid:**$2,568.00

Pennsylvania has the highest gas taxes paid by any state. And property taxes paid are higher than in more than half of the states.

## Rhode Island: $19,275.05 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$9,176.90

**State income taxes paid: **$2,408.33

**Gas taxes paid: **$343.74

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,784.95

**Property taxes paid:**$4,561.00

Rhode Island has higher-than-average property taxes paid because both the average home value and effective property tax rate are in the top third of all states. Overall, Rhode Island’s total tax bill is the 11th-highest in the country.

## South Carolina: $13,561.60 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,250.90

**State income taxes paid: **$3,182.66

**Gas taxes paid: **$256.82

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,932.15

**Property taxes paid:**$939.00

South Carolina’s total tax bill is the 16th-lowest in the nation due to low federal income, property and gas taxes paid in the state. It has the seventh-lowest property tax rate in the U.S. — 0.574 percent — which, based on the state’s median home value, equates to just $939 a year in property taxes.

## South Dakota: $12,924.33 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,560.12

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$317.50

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,546.24

**Property taxes paid:**$2,500.00

South Dakota has no state income tax, which helps keep total taxes paid here lower than in half of the states. However, South Dakota’s property tax rate is higher than in most states.

## Tennessee: $11,687.37 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$6,420.30

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$293.89

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,763.66

**Property taxes paid:**$1,210.00

Tennessee has no state income tax (except on interest and dividends), which is why the total taxes paid in the state are among the lowest on this list. However, Tennessee has the second-highest sales tax paid, on average, because of its high combined state and local sales tax rate of 9.46 percent.

## Texas: $15,351.02 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,150.82

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$251.90

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,250.43

**Property taxes paid:**$3,698.00

Even though there’s no state income tax, the total taxes paid in Texas are higher than nearly half the rest of the country. That’s because sales and property taxes paid here are higher than in a majority of states.

## Utah: $18,836.47 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$10,164.26

**State income taxes paid: **$3,383.72

**Gas taxes paid: **$313.63

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,693.44

**Property taxes paid:**$2,281.00

The tax burden in Utah is higher than in more than half of the states because of high state income taxes paid. Federal income taxes paid also are higher in Utah than in a majority of the states because the median household income of $68,358 is relatively high.

## Vermont: $16,538.78 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$7,778.36

**State income taxes paid: **$2,508.68

**Gas taxes paid: **$329.25

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,458.71

**Property taxes paid:**$3,464.00

Hefty property taxes contribute to a tax burden in Vermont that’s higher than in a majority of states. Vermont has the 15th-highest property taxes paid.

## Virginia: $19,077.33 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$10,863.20

**State income taxes paid: **$3,683.26

**Gas taxes paid: **$256.23

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,239.90

**Property taxes paid:**$2,035.00

Total taxes paid in Virginia are higher than in most states. This is largely due to the big income tax bill on the state’s high median household income of $71,535.

## Washington: $18,968.47 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$10,740.88

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$444.77

**Sales taxes paid: **$3,652.26

**Property taxes paid:**$4,131.00

Even though Washington has no state income tax, it has the 14th-highest total taxes paid. Washington has the third-highest gas taxes paid, fourth-highest sales tax paid and eighth-highest property taxes paid.

## West Virginia: $9,930.44 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$4,688.68

**State income taxes paid: **$1,783.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$354.90

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,534.30

**Property taxes paid:**$570.00

The total tax bill in West Virginia is the lowest in the nation. The state’s property taxes are the second-lowest in the nation due to the state’s low tax rate and low median home value, which is the lowest in the country. In fact, West Virginia is the most affordable place to buy a home, another GOBankingRates study found.

## Wisconsin: $17,692.73 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,172.60

**State income taxes paid: **$3,396.42

**Gas taxes paid: **$336.53

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,156.35

**Property taxes paid:**$3,631.00

Wisconsin residents pay a higher overall tax bill than residents in more than half of the states. Although it has one of the lowest amounts of sales tax paid, Wisconsin has higher state and property taxes paid than in a majority of states.

## Wyoming: $12,261.92 in Total Taxes Paid

**Federal income taxes paid: **$8,420.98

**State income taxes paid: **$0.00

**Gas taxes paid: **$278.14

**Sales taxes paid: **$2,172.26

**Property taxes paid:**$1,391.00

Wyoming residents pay a smaller percentage of their income — 20.29 percent — than residents in the vast majority of states, even though the median household income of $60,434 is higher than the national median. This is due primarily to the fact that Wyoming has no state income tax, and property taxes are low.

## Comparing Highest and Lowest Tax Bills

With the exception of California, all states with the highest tax bills are clustered in the Northeast. Meanwhile, most of the states where tax bills are lowest are clustered in the South. New Jersey has the highest average tax bill in the country, with Massachusetts coming in third and Connecticut rounding out the top five. West Virginia has the lowest average tax bill, while Wyoming residents spend the smallest percentage of their income on taxes.

If you live in a high-tax state, take some solace in knowing that many countries tax their residents at a much higher rate than the United States. Of course, the flip side is also true — there will always be countries that tax their residents at a lower rate as well.

One important thing to note is that tax rates are rarely stable, and often vary throughout the years.

Click through to see how much of a $100,000 salary you’d take home in each state.

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*Methodology: To generate the tax bill in every state, GOBankingRates surveyed four key taxes: 1) Income taxes 2) Property taxes 3) Sales taxes and 4) Gas taxes. Income tax bills include both state and federal taxes and are based on 2016 Census Bureau American Community Survey median household income figures, which was the most recent data available at the time the research was conducted. Property taxes were calculated using each state’s rate and Zillow’s median home value index. Gas taxes are based on each state’s rate and an average annual consumption of 656 gallons, sourced from API.org. Sales taxes were calculated using each state’s tax rate, sourced from Tax Foundation, and Americans’ average daily spending of $101, sourced from Gallup.*

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