Property Tax in Each State

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The taxman giveth and the taxman taketh away. Though the United States has a federal tax system, when it comes to paying your tax bill, there are also the subtle nuances of your state and local government to consider. This is especially true when it comes to owning property — your location can not only affect your mortgage payments but also how big a check you write to the tax collector.

What Are Property Taxes?

Property tax payments are taxes you pay based on the value of your home as well as your state and municipality tax rates. This tax on real estate is paid to county or local tax-collecting authorities, such as municipalities, townships, counties or school districts. These taxes go towards funding a variety of community projects or institutions, like the following:

What Are the Property Taxes in My State?

Whether you are thinking of buying a home, moving or just curious, it can be helpful to know the property tax rates in each state. What you pay on the local or state level can greatly influence any home ownership or real property decision. The following is an alphabetical breakdown of property taxes based on the state tax rate and average annual property tax in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia.

State Average State Tax Rate Average Annual Property Tax
Alabama 0.41% $895
Alaska 1.19% $2,599
Arizona 0.66% $1,446
Arkansas 0.62% $1,358
California 0.76% $1,644
Colorado 0.51% $1,113
Connecticut 2.14% $4,658
Delaware 0.57% $1,240
District of Columbia 0.56% $1,221
Florida 0.89% $1,934
Georgia 0.92% $2,006
Hawaii 0.28% $606
Idaho 0.69% $1,492
Illinois 2.27% $4,942
Indiana 0.85% $1,853
Iowa 1.57% $3,407
Kansas 1.41% $3,060
Kentucky 0.86% $1,866
Louisiana 0.55% $1,187
Maine 1.36% $2,953
Maryland 1.09% $2,370
Massachusetts 1.23% $2,667
Michigan 1.54% $3,343
Minnesota 1.12% $2,429
Mississippi 0.81% $1,751
Missouri 0.97% $2,111
Montana 0.84% $1,818
Nebraska 1.73% $3,754
Nevada 0.60% $1,310
New Hampshire 2.18% $4,738
New Jersey 2.49% $5,419
New Mexico 0.80% $1,740
New York 1.72% $3,749
North Carolina 0.84% $1,833
North Dakota 0.98% $2,138
Ohio 1.56% $3,390
Oklahoma 0.90% $1,952
Oregon 0.97% $2,116
Pennsylvania 1.58% $3,442
Rhode Island 1.63% $3,548
South Carolina 0.57% $1,238
South Dakota 1.31% $2,857
Tennessee 0.71% $1,548
Texas 1.80% $3,907
Utah 0.63% $1,362
Vermont 1.90% $4,135
Virginia 0.82% $1,779
Washington 0.98% $2,134
West Virginia 0.58% $1,269
Wisconsin 1.85% $4,027
Wyoming 0.61% $1,319
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Property Tax in Each State: Lowest to Highest Property Taxes 

Your mailing address is more than just what you put on an envelope — it also is an indicator of what your taxes will look like when it comes to the amount due, homestead exemptions or even tax credits. Here is a breakdown of property tax rates for all 50 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, ranked from lowest to highest.

State Average State Tax Rate Average Annual Property Tax
Hawaii 0.28% $606
Alabama 0.41% $895
Colorado 0.51% $1,113
Louisiana 0.55% $1,187
District of Columbia 0.56% $1,221
South Carolina 0.57% $1,238
Delaware 0.57% $1,240
West Virginia 0.58% $1,269
Nevada 0.60% $1,310
Wyoming 0.61% $1,319
Arkansas 0.62% $1,358
Utah 0.63% $1,362
Arizona 0.66% $1,446
Idaho 0.69% $1,492
Tennessee 0.71% $1,548
California 0.76% $1,644
New Mexico 0.80% $1,740
Mississippi 0.81% $1,751
Virginia 0.82% $1,779
Montana 0.84% $1,818
North Carolina 0.84% $1,833
Indiana 0.85% $1,853
Kentucky 0.86% $1,866
Florida 0.89% $1,934
Oklahoma 0.90% $1,952
Georgia 0.92% $2,006
Missouri 0.97% $2,111
Oregon 0.97% $2,116
North Dakota 0.98% $2,138
Washington 0.98% $2,134
Maryland 1.09% $2,370
Minnesota 1.12% $2,429
Alaska 1.19% $2,599
Massachusetts 1.23% $2,667
South Dakota 1.31% $2,857
Maine 1.36% $2,953
Kansas 1.41% $3,060
Michigan 1.54% $3,343
Ohio 1.56% $3,390
Iowa 1.57% $3,407
Pennsylvania 1.58% $3,442
Rhode Island 1.63% $3,548
New York 1.72% $3,749
Nebraska 1.73% $3,754
Texas 1.80% $3,907
Wisconsin 1.85% $4,027
Vermont 1.90% $4,135
Connecticut 2.14% $4,658
New Hampshire 2.18% $4,738
Illinois 2.27% $4,942
New Jersey 2.49% $5,419

Final Take

Knowing that your property taxes are calculated based on your local tax rate and your property’s value will help you do some important calculations when it comes to home ownership and balancing your budget. The fewer surprises, the better when it comes time to pay your taxes.

FAQ

  • What state has the lowest property tax?
    • Hawaii, at an average tax rate of 0.28%, currently has the lowest property tax rate of all the 50 states, though real estate prices are another story, as they are well above average and land on the expensive side.
  • Which state has the highest property tax rate?
    • New Jersey, at an average local tax rate of 2.49%, has the highest property tax rate in the U.S.
  • Which U.S. state has no property tax?
    • Unfortunately, there are no states without property tax, though there are some states with no income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.
  • How do I look up my property tax?
    • Your county government website should have the information you need regarding your property tax rate. If you can't find the tax rate online, try calling your local treasurer's office.
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