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Property Tax 2022

Posted by on December 27, 2022
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Welcome to the exciting world of property taxes! In this article, we’ll be discussing how assessors calculate your annual property tax liability.

Are you thinking about buying a new home? If so, then there are a lot of things to take into account. One of the most important factors for many people is the community they’ll be living in. But another important consideration is how your property taxes will contribute to supporting your local area through things like schools and infrastructure. In the United States, all 50 states have laws requiring most property owners to pay real estate taxes. These taxes can vary from state to state.

When you’re searching for a new home, it’s important to keep property taxes in mind. They can add a significant amount to your overall homeownership costs. Here’s some basic information on property taxes, including a state-by-state breakdown, to help you get started.

What Are Property Taxes?

There are a few things to know about paying your real estate taxes. They’re based on the assessed value of your home, and rates can vary by state. But generally speaking, this is a tax that homeowners pay to their county or local government. So, when budgeting for your annual expenses, be sure to factor in your real estate taxes.

As a homeowner in the United States, you are likely responsible for paying property taxes on a monthly basis, along with your mortgage payments. Once you pay off your loan, you may receive a bill for the tax from local government periodically throughout the year. The money collected through property taxes goes towards supporting the community, including infrastructure improvements, public services and local public schooling.

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What Are Property Taxes Based On?

The value of your home is important for many things, including your property taxes. It’s important to know that the assessed value for property taxes may not always match the actual value of your home. This can affect how much you owe in taxes. Property tax amounts can vary depending on the state and county you live in, as well as the overall value of your home. This includes both the land and any structures on it.


The first thing you need to know is that all calculations are based on a unit called a mill, which is equal to one-thousandth of a dollar. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the three values that are used to find your annual property tax liability:

  • the state tax rate
  • the assessment ratio (the portion of the property value subject to tax),
  • and the property value.

States Ranked By Property Tax

State Property Taxes ranked from the lowest to highest

*$217,500 is the median home value in the U.S. as of 2019, the year of the most recent available data.

RankStateReal Estate Tax RateAnnual Property TaxAverage Home Price
1Hawaii0.28%$606 $615,300 
2Alabama0.41%$895 $142,700 
3Colorado0.51%$1,113 $343,300 
4Louisiana0.55%$1,187 $163,100 
5D.C0.56%$1,221 $601,500 
6Delaware0.57%$1,240 $251,100 
6South Carolina0.57%$1,238 $162,300 
8West Virginia0.58%$1,269 $119,600 
9Nevada0.60%$1,310 $267,900 
10Wyoming0.61%$1,319 $220,500 
11Arkansas0.62%$1,358 $127,800 
12Utah0.63%$1,362 $279,100 
13Arizona0.66%$1,446 $225,500 
14Idaho0.69%$1,492 $212,300 
15Tennessee0.71%$1,548 $167,200 
16California0.76%$1,644 $505,000 
17New Mexico0.80%$1,740 $171,400 
18Mississippi0.81%$1,751 $119,000 
19Virginia0.82%$1,779 $273,100 
20North Carolina0.84%$1,833 $172,500 
20Montana0.84%$1,818 $230,600 
22Indiana0.85%$1,853 $141,700 
23Kentucky0.86%$1,866 $141,000 
24Florida0.89%$1,934 $215,300 
25Oklahoma0.90%$1,952 $136,800 
26Georgia0.92%$2,006 $176,000 
27Oregon0.97%$2,116 $312,200 
27Missouri0.97%$2,111 $157,200 
29Washington0.98%$2,134 $339,000 
29North Dakota0.98%$2,138 $193,900 
31Maryland1.09%$2,370 $314,800 
32Minnesota1.12%$2,429 $223,900 
33Alaska1.19%$2,599 $270,400 
34Massachusetts1.23%$2,667 $381,600 
35South Dakota1.31%$2,857 $167,100 
36Maine1.36%$2,953 $190,400 
37Kansas1.41%$3,060 $151,900 
38Michigan1.54%$3,343 $154,900 
39Ohio1.56%$3,390 $145,700 
40Iowa1.57%$3,407 $147,800 
41Pennsylvania1.58%$3,442 $180,200 
42Rhode Island1.63%$3,548 $261,900 
43New York1.72%$3,749 $313,700 
44Nebraska1.73%$3,754 $155,800 
45Texas1.80%$3,907 $172,500 
46Wisconsin1.85%$4,027 $180,600 
47Vermont1.90%$4,135 $227,700 
48Connecticut2.14%$4,658 $275,400 
49New Hampshire2.18%$4,738 $261,700 
50Illinois2.27%$4,942 $194,500 
51New Jersey2.49%$5,419 $335,600 
property tax by state
Source: WalletHub

State Property Tax Exemptions

As a homeowner in the United States, you are generally required to pay property taxes. However, there are some exceptions where certain properties may be exempt from this tax. This is different from a tax deduction, which only lowers the amount of taxes that an individual or group owes. Property tax exemptions can include qualifying individuals such as senior citizens, STAR participants, those with disabilities and veterans. Certain eligible government entities, nonprofit organizations and religious groups may also fall under an exemption.

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