The average amount people pay in property taxes in every US state

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Homeownership looks very different across the US, and varying property taxes in each state can be a big part of that.

According to new data from WalletHub, property taxes can range from a modest $US570 a year in Alabama to an extreme $US8,000 per year in New Jersey. Americans can see big differences in their home values, tax rates, and, in turn, the property taxes they pay each year depending on where they live.

WalletHub compiled data from the US Census Bureau for each state’s median real estate tax payment and median home price. The state tax rate was found by dividing the median tax payment by home price.

The typical US homeowner pays about $US2,375 in property taxes, according to WalletHub’s data. But, for residents of some states, their payment might be double that. Here’s what the typical homeowner in every US state pays in property taxes each year.


51. Alabama

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Alabama residents pay the least in property taxes across the US.

Property tax rate: 0.42%

Median property value: $US137,200

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US572


50. West Virginia

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West Virginia has some seriously low tax rates, and low median home values to match.

Property tax rate: 0.59%

Median property value: $US115,000

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US678


49. Arkansas

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Arkansas is a pretty affordable state to live in, and low property taxes are a big help.

Property tax rate: 0.63%

Median property value: $US123,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US776


48. Louisiana

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Louisiana residents will face a fairly modest property tax rate, and a small payment of $US840.

Property tax rate: 0.53%

Median property value: $US157,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US840


47. South Carolina

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With low property taxes and relatively nice weather year-round, South Carolina is a fairly affordable option for coastal living.

Property tax rate: 0.57%

Median property value: $US154,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US887


46. Mississippi

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Mississippi offers residents low property values in addition to tax rates below 1%.

Property tax rate: 0.81%

Median property value: $US114,500

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US924


45. Tennessee

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Tennessee is a fairly affordable place to own land, and it ties with Kentucky for annual taxes on a median-value house.

Property tax rate: 0.73%

Median property value: $US158,600

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,490


44. Indiana

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Indiana is a pretty affordable place to own property, with a tax rate well below 1%.

Property tax rate: 0.86%

Median property value: $US135,400

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,164


43. Kentucky

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Kentucky’s low tax rates make it an affordable place to own property.

Property tax rate: 0.86%

Median property value: $US135,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,166


42. Oklahoma

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Oklahoma’s tax rates are relatively high compared to others this low in the ranking, but affordable property values keep the annual tax owed down considerably.

Property tax rate: 0.90%

Median property value: $US130,900

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,177


41. Wyoming

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While tax rates in Wyoming are fairly low, property rates are higher, putting it at a much higher spot on the list.

Property tax rate: 0.61%

Median property value: $US213,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,298


40. New Mexico

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New Mexico is fairly affordable, and offers residents some affordable tax rates.

Property tax rate: 0.79%

Median property value: $US166,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,617


39. Delaware

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Delaware might have very low tax rates, but high property values make annual taxes on the median property higher than in other states.

Property tax rate: 0.56%

Median property value: $US244,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,153


38. Idaho

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The property taxes in Idaho are fairly low, though property values are higher than many other states this low on the list.

Property tax rate: 0.72%

Median property value: $US192,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,473


37. North Carolina

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North Carolina is a fairly affordable place to own property.

Property tax rate: 0.85%

Median property value: $US165,000

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,410


36. Arizona

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Arizona’s property values are high, but tax rates aren’t.

Property tax rate: 0.69%

Median property value: $US209,600

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,440


35. Missouri

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Missouri’s tax rate is very close to 1%, but property values there aren’t very high.

Property tax rate: 0.97%

Median property value: $US151,600

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,987


34. Georgia

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A million dollars could get you quite a bit of house in Georgia, but with a 0.91% tax rate, you’ll pay for it in taxes.

Property tax rate: 0.91%

Median property value: $US166,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,510


33. Nevada

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Nevada’s property values are high, but low taxes help to keep it affordable.

Property tax rate: 0.64%

Median property value: $US242,400

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,542


32. Hawaii

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Property isn’t cheap in Hawaii – with median home values at over $US500,000, it’s not super affordable. But, Hawaiians have the lowest tax rates in the US.

Property tax rate: 0.27%

Median property value: $US587,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,607


31. Colorado

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Colorado offers residents a choice of big cities and more rural, mountain living, but both come with a pretty low tax rate in this state.

Property tax rate: 0.53%

Median property value: $US313,600

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,647


30. Utah

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Median property values above $US200,000 make Utah expensive, but low tax rates are helpful.

Property tax rate: 0.64%

Median property value: $US256,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,653


29. Florida

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Florida falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to property taxes and home values.

Property tax rate: 0.93%

Median property value: $US196,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,827


28. North Dakota

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North Dakota comes in at the middle of the list, with tax rates near 1% and median home values higher than many other Midwestern states.

Property tax rate: 0.99%

Median property value: $US185,000

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,025


27. Montana

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Montana has median home values at over the $US200,000 mark, but relatively low property taxes.

Property tax rate: 0.84%

Median property value: $US219,600

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US1,835


26. Kansas

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Kansas residents pay higher tax rates than many of the states lower on this list, but median home values are much lower than many of those states.

Property tax rate: 1.41%

Median property value: $US145,400

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,045


25. South Dakota

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South Dakota’s high tax rate makes up for the fact that median home values are affordable.

Property tax rate: 1.32%

Median property value: $US159,100

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,101


24. Virginia

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Virginia has a pretty average tax rate, but high home values will cost Virginia homeowners more than most states.

Property tax rate: 0.81%

Median property value: $US264,900

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,155


23. Ohio

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Even with relatively low median home values, Ohio’s property tax rate over 1.50% puts it in the top 20 most expensive states for property taxes.

Property tax rate: 1.58%

Median property value: $US140,000

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,155


22. Iowa

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The typical Iowan will pay a higher tax rate than most Americans.

Property tax rate: 1.56%

Median property value: $US142,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,219


21. Michigan

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With home values higher than its southern neighbour, Ohio, Michigan residents will pay a bit more to own a home.

Property tax rate: 1.58%

Median property value: $US146,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,219


20. Minnesota

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Minnesota residents will pay more than residents of neighbouring states like North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa, thanks to higher home prices.

Property tax rate: 1.13%

Median property value: $US211,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,388


19. Maine

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High taxes in Maine mean that residents will pay a good amount for property tax.

Property tax rate: 1.36%

Median property value: $US184,500

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,515


18. Nebraska

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Nebraska’s taxes are fairly high, meaning that residents will pay over $US2,600 in taxes each year.

Property tax rate: 1.77%

Median property value: $US147,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,621


17. Pennsylvania

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Home values in Pennsylvania are only a little bit higher than the median. But, high tax rates leave Pennsylvanians paying about $US2,700 a year in property tax.

Property tax rate: 1.59%

Median property value: $US174,100

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,767


16. Oregon

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Oregon’s high tax rates and high home costs have Oregon residents paying over $US2,800 each year in property taxes alone.

Property tax rate: 1.01%

Median property value: $US287,300

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,890


15. Texas

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Texas doesn’t have too high of a median home value, but high tax rates mean that the typical Texan will pay quite a bit in property taxes.

Property tax rate: 1.81%

Median property value: $US161,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US2,922


14. Washington DC

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The median property value in the US capital is $US537,400, but low taxes mean that the typical DC resident will pay about $US2,900 in property taxes.

Property tax rate: 0.55%

Median property value: $US568,400

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US3,113


13. Alaska

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The typical Alaskan homeowner will spend over $US3,100 in property taxes each year.

Property tax rate: 1.18%

Median property value: $US265,200

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US3,136


12. Washington

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Washington has fairly high tax rates, and high median home values, too.

Property tax rate: 1.01%

Median property value: $US311,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US3,142


11. Wisconsin

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Wisconsin residents pay close to 2% in property taxes, putting it in the top states in the US with the highest property taxes.

Property tax rate: 1.91%

Median property value: $US173,600

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US3,308


10. Maryland

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With median home prices at nearly $US300,000, Maryland makes the top 10 states for highest property taxes.

Property tax rate: 1.09%

Median property value: $US305,500

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US3,344


9. California

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With the third-highest median home values in the US, it’s not shocking to see California near the top of the list.

Property tax rate: 0.76%

Median property value: $US475,900

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US3,617


8. Rhode Island

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The typical Rhode Islander will pay over $US4,000 a year in property taxes.

Property tax rate: 1.66%

Median property value: $US249,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US4,154


7. Vermont

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The typical Vermonter will have a home half the value of the typical Californian, but will pay about $US600 more in property tax each year. Thank property taxes near 2% for that.

Property tax rate: 1.88%

Median property value: $US223,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US4,206


6. Illinois

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Illinois homeowners will pay the second-highest property tax in the US at 2.30%.

Property tax rate: 2.30%

Median property value: $US187,200

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US4,299


5. Massachusetts

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The typical Massachusetts homeowner will shell out over $US4,300 each year for property taxes.

Property tax rate: 1.23%

Median property value: $US366,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US4,508


4. New York

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New Yorkers’ typically high home values make a typical tax rate turn into a nearly $US5,000-per-year property tax payment.

Property tax rate: 1.68%

Median property value: $US302,200

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US5,157


3. New Hampshire

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New Hampshire residents have the third-highest property tax values, and the typical resident will pay over $US5,300 each year in property taxes.

Property tax rate: 2.20%

Median property value: $US252,800

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US5,500


2. Connecticut

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High tax rates and a high median home value make property taxes in Connecticut rather expensive.

Property tax rate: 2.11%

Median property value: $US272,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US5,746


1. New Jersey

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The typical New Jersey homeowner will face about $US7,800 each year, making it the most expensive state for property taxes in the US.

Property tax rate: 2.47%

Median property value: $US327,700

Annual tax on the median-valued property: $US8,108

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