New York, New Jersey Homeowners Nation's Hardest Hit by Property Taxes

 
 
September 12, 2007

For more information, contact: Nate Bailey at (202) 464-5102.

Washington, D.C., September 12, 2007- New data released today by the Census Bureau on owner-occupied housing shows what most people in the Northeast already know: New York and New Jersey residents pay the most in property taxes.

Using newly updated Census data for 2006, the Tax Foundation has compiled a table that ranks high-population counties across the country according to various property tax measures.

Below is a table that shows median property taxes paid on homes in a particular county:

Rank

County

State

Taxes

1

Hunterdon County

NJ

$7,999

2

Nassau County

NY

$7,706

3

Westchester County

NY

$7,626

4

Somerset County

NJ

$7,318

5

Bergen County

NJ

$7,237

6

Essex County

NJ

$7,148

7

Rockland County

NY

$7,041

8

Morris County

NJ

$6,852

9

Union County

NJ

$6,703

10

Passaic County

NJ

$6,663

Note: National median is $1,742.
Source: American Community Survey (Census Bureau)

This year's rankings show some shuffling from the 2005 data released last year. Then, Weschester County was ranked #1, followed by Nassau County and then Hunterdon County. In order to make the leap up to #1 this year, Hunterdon County's median property tax payment increased by $1,001.

The study also looks at median real estate taxes as a percentage of median home value. The top 10 counties in Median Real Estate Taxes as a Percentage of Median Home Value are shown in the table below:

County

State

Median Real Estate Taxes as a Percentage of Median Home Value

Wayne County

NY

2.94%

Niagara County

NY

2.91%

Monroe County

NY

2.83%

Erie County

NY

2.54%

Fort Bend County

TX

2.53%

Chautauqua County

NY

2.52%

Onondaga County

NY

2.50%

Cayuga County

NY

2.42%

Chemung County

NY

2.41%

Schenectady County

NY

2.39%

Note: National median is 0.94%.
Source: American Community Survey (Census Bureau), Tax Foundation Calculations

See Fiscal Fact No. 103, titled "New Census Data Shows Where Property Taxes Hit Homeowners Hardest" online at http://www.taxfoundation.org/legacy/show/22607.html.

See the full county list online at http://www.taxfoundation.org/legacy/show/1888.html

See the list by state online at http://www.taxfoundation.org/legacy/show/1913.html

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