The Best and Worst States for Taxes in Every Region of the Country

See which part of the country pays the most in taxes.

Even though the U.S. is one nation, life can vary greatly by state — and that includes tax rates. All across the country, residents bear very different tax burdens from state to state — and some are a little easier to shoulder than others. See what the best and worst states for taxes are across the entire nation.

Click through to learn about the most and least tax-friendly states, and check out the tax breakdown by region.


States included in this region: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont

Best: Delaware: $9,208.64 in total taxes paid
Worst: New Jersey: $19,977.91 in total taxes paid

If you’re living in the Northeast, you’re often stuck dealing with snow storms, traffic congestion and higher tax burdens on average than your compatriots in other parts of the country.

It’s New Jersey residents who pay the highest average tax bill in the entire country. Delaware, which has the best tax rate in the region, doesn’t compare favorably nationally. Its rate is only about $600 less than the state with the worst tax burden in the Southeast. First-Staters have one reason to rejoice: They’re one of the few states with no sales tax.


States included in this region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia

Best: West Virginia: $6,837.16 in total taxes paid
Worst: Florida: $9,839.21 in total taxes paid

If you’re a resident of the Mountaineer state, good news: You have the lowest tax burden in the entire country. Plus, according to another GOBankingRates study, West Virginia is the best state in the country for millennials to buy a home.

Folks in the Sunshine State shouldn’t worry — even though they have the worst tax burden in the southeast, they live in one of seven states with no income tax and have some pretty choice weather all year round.


States included in this region are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin

Best: Oklahoma: $8,760.45 in total taxes paid
Worst: Illinois: $14,100.66 in total taxes paid

Oklahoma boasts the 12th-lowest tax bill in the entire nation, which helps it to land the top spot in the Midwest. Meanwhile, Illinois residents are stuck paying 23.8 percent of their income in taxes.


States included in this region are: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah

Best: New Mexico: $8,261.34 in total taxes paid
Worst: Texas: $12,392.38 in total taxes paid

Low property and income tax rates help New Mexico take the prize for the lowest tax burden in the Southwest. The Lone Star state smacks residents with high sales and property taxes, which brings residents’ tax burden up to the top half of all states.


States included in this region are: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming

Best: Montana: $7,034.50 in total taxes paid
Worst: California: $15,642.81 in total taxes paid

If you decide to go where the buffalo roam, your paycheck will thank you: In addition to having the second-lowest tax burden in the nation, Montana also has the lowest tax as a percentage of income at just 14.5 percent.

If you’re California dreamin’, those dreams will cost you — California sports some seriously high taxes across the board.

Click through to see what a $100,000 salary looks like after taxes in each state.

About the Author

Rachel Holly Farrow is a Digital Content Editor for She has worked in a multitude of different mediums — traditional print, television, and now digital — before landing with the team at GBR. She also served as a Weekend News Producer and Digital Content Producer for an ABC-affiliate news station WNEP-TV 16 in Scranton, PA.