By Tonya Moreno, CPA. Tax Planning: U.S. Expert
The Tax Foundation has used Census data to find the counties with the lowest and highest property taxes. The Tax Foundation based their rankings on property taxes paid as a percentage of median home value. The rankings only include homes used as the owner's primary residence.
Lowest Property Taxes by County
Nearly the entire top ten lowest taxing counties were in Louisiana. The county with the lowest property taxes in the nation was Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. Home owners in Tangipahoa Parish pay just 0.13% of their home value in property taxes. Also in the top ten were Apache County, Arizona, which came in at sixth and Maui County, Hawaii which was ranked seventh.
Highest Property Taxes by County
When the Tax Foundation
compared property taxes by county, New York counties consistently came in with the highest taxes.
In fact, New York counties held nine spots on the top ten list of counties with the highest property taxes.
The county with the highest property taxes in the nation was Monroe County, New York where residents pay 2.89% of their home value in property taxes. Camden County, New Jersey, the only county on the top ten list that was not in New York, was ranked at 8th. Camden County residents pay 2.50% of their home value in property taxes.
When all U.S. counties were ranked by the dollar amount paid in property taxes, without accounting for home value, counties in New York and New Jersey still came in as the highest taxing counties in the nation.