Property taxes comprise a significant portion of every homeowner’s budget and are a valid consideration when choosing where to live. Tax burdens depend on where you call home. This guide compares property tax rates across all states.

    Property taxes levied on you raise crucial tax revenue to fund local governments and school districts. However, property tax rates and assessed home values differ widely across the United States. While home prices might appear enticingly low in a specific area, factor in the property tax rate you will pay on that home.

    Selecting an area with a lower property tax rate can significantly affect  your monthly mortgage payment. Moving solely based on home prices may not be the great deal it initially seems.

    To identify which states have the highest and lowest property tax bills, the personal finance website WalletHub analyzed median home values and effective real estate tax rates across the 50 states and Washington, D.C. 

    WalletHub’s data reveals that residents of the highest property tax states pay four-and-a-half times more in taxes than the lowest property tax states. New Jersey homeowners shoulder the highest property tax burden, while Hawaii residents enjoy the lowest.

    New Jersey’s median tax is $8,797 on the average home value. Hawaii ranks lowest at $1,893.


    State-by-State Property Tax Burdens

    This table shows WalletHub’s full ranking of real estate tax burdens by state, along with median home values and estimated annual bills:

    Real-Estate Property Tax Rates by State

    Rank (1=Lowest)StateEffective Real-Estate Tax RateAnnual Taxes on $244.9K Home*State Median Home ValueAnnual Taxes on Home Priced at State Median Value
    1Hawaii0.29%$700$662,100$1,893
    2Alabama0.41%$1,007$157,100$646
    3Colorado0.51%$1,243$397,500$2,017
    4Nevada0.55%$1,346$315,900$1,736
    5Louisiana0.56%$1,384$174,000$983
    5South Carolina0.56%$1,379$181,800$1,024
    7District of Columbia0.57%$1,402$635,900$3,641
    8Delaware0.58%$1,426$269,700$1,570
    8Utah0.58%$1,418$339,700$1,967
    10West Virginia0.59%$1,437$128,800$756
    11Wyoming0.61%$1,484$237,900$1,442
    12Arkansas0.62%$1,513$142,100$878
    12Arizona0.62%$1,520$265,600$1,648
    14Idaho0.63%$1,546$266,500$1,682
    15Tennessee0.66%$1,606$193,700$1,270
    16California0.75%$1,828$573,200$4,279
    17Mississippi0.79%$1,937$133,000$1,052
    18New Mexico0.80%$1,948$184,800$1,470
    18North Carolina0.80%$1,963$197,500$1,583
    20Virginia0.82%$2,006$295,500$2,420
    21Montana0.83%$2,033$263,700$2,189
    21Indiana0.83%$2,021$158,500$1,308
    23Kentucky0.85%$2,084$155,100$1,320
    24Florida0.86%$2,110$248,700$2,143
    25Oklahoma0.90%$2,194$150,800$1,351
    25Georgia0.90%$2,192$206,700$1,850
    27Oregon0.93%$2,266$362,200$3,352
    28Washington0.94%$2,311$397,600$3,752
    29Missouri0.98%$2,389$171,800$1,676
    30North Dakota1.00%$2,441$209,900$2,092
    31Maryland1.07%$2,628$338,500$3,633
    32Minnesota1.11%$2,708$250,200$2,767
    33Massachusetts1.20%$2,936$424,700$5,091
    34Alaska1.22%$3,000$282,800$3,464
    35South Dakota1.24%$3,040$187,800$2,331
    36Maine1.28%$3,143$212,100$2,722
    37Kansas1.43%$3,500$164,800$2,355
    38Michigan1.48%$3,630$172,100$2,551
    39Ohio1.53%$3,748$159,900$2,447
    39Pennsylvania1.53%$3,751$197,300$3,022
    39Rhode Island1.53%$3,752$292,600$4,483
    42Iowa1.57%$3,843$160,700$2,522
    43Nebraska1.67%$4,102$174,100$2,916
    44New York1.73%$4,231$340,600$5,884
    44Wisconsin1.73%$4,243$200,400$3,472
    46Texas1.74%$4,255$202,600$3,520
    47Vermont1.90%$4,652$240,600$4,570
    48New Hampshire2.09%$5,120$288,700$6,036
    49Connecticut2.15%$5,256$286,700$6,153
    50Illinois2.23%$5,465$212,600$4,744
    51New Jersey2.47%$6,057$355,700$8,797

    *$244,900 is the median home value in the U.S. as of 2021, the year of the most recent available data. 

    Source: WalletHub


    Key Findings

    Additional findings from WalletHub’s analysis:

    • Blue states have higher property taxes on average than red states.
    • The highest state is taxed eight times more than the lowest state.
    • Property taxes ranged from 0.29% of home value (in Hawaii) up to 2.47% (in New Jersey).

    These state-by-state comparisons provide useful context on each state’s tax burden.

    If you’re considering a move to another area, I recommend factoring in the higher or lower tax burden in your new location. 

    Today’s Homeowner Tips

    Check with your local tax assessor about your area’s precise property tax rate and payments.


    FAQs About Property Taxes

    How Are Property Taxes Calculated?

    The assessed home value multiplied by the local property tax rate determines the taxes owed. Property tax rates vary widely by city and county.


    What Factors Influence Property Tax Amounts?

    Home values, tax rates set by local governments, assessment ratios, and available exemptions all impact final property tax bills.


    How Can I Estimate My Property Taxes?

    Multiply your home’s assessed value by your area’s effective property tax rate. Note that the assessed value is an official value and not the latest value posted in Zillow or another real estate valuation website.


    Why Do Property Tax Burdens Vary So Much Between States?

    State tax policies, home values, and budget needs of local districts cause tax rates to differ from state to state. See where your state ranks for property tax burden. Understanding property tax rates provides useful context.


    Editorial Contributors
    avatar for Laurie Engle

    Laurie Engle

    Expert Writer & Reviewer

    Laurie Engle is a freelance writer who provides insights to homeowners on topics such as the home warranty industry, relocation issues, and real estate trends. As a licensed Realtor since 2001 Laurie has acquired extensive expertise in dealing with home warranty companies and navigating the intricacies of the real estate market. In addition to her commitment to helping clients with their home buying and selling needs, she maintains a sharp awareness of market dynamics, including property values, interest rates, and local regulations.

    Learn More

    photo of Sabrina Lopez

    Sabrina Lopez

    Editor

    Sabrina Lopez is a senior editor for Today’s Homeowner with over 7 years of writing and editing experience in digital media. She has reviewed content across categories that matter to homeowners, including HVAC services, home renovations, lawn and garden care, products for the home, and insurance services. When she’s not reviewing articles to make sure they are helpful, accessible, and engaging for homeowners like herself, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her family and their two parrots.

    Learn More