Total Federal Tax Burdens by County, Congressional District, and Major City Area

March 22, 2007

We have posted a new Special Report along with multiple tables (see below) to the Tax Foundation website that analyze average federal tax burdens for every county, congressional district, and major city area in the United States for tax year 2004 (most recent data available from IRS). It is no surprise that the areas surrounding New York City sit near the top of most of the lists.

But there are other areas that have average high federal tax burdens such as the popular ski resort area of Jackson Hole in Wyoming, which is the seat of Teton County, the county with the highest average federal tax burden in the country. Another ski resort area, Pitkin County, Colorado, is second in the county rankings. Pitkin County is home to "a little place called Aspen."

The top congressional districts surround New York City. Connecticut Representative Christopher Shays has the highest paying district in average federal taxes. Democrat Carolyn Maloney, who represents parts of Queens and Manhattan is second on the list, and Nita Lowey is number five. Near Maloney and Lowey is also the district at the bottom of the list -- Jose Serrano, who represents the Bronx. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco also made the top twenty.

The major city area with the highest average federal tax burden is far and away the Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut area. Its average federal tax burdern per household is nearly $83,000, which is due to its extremely high income combined with the progressivity in the federal individual income tax. The Bay Area in California is represented in the top five; San Francisco and San Jose are second and third, respectively.

Overall, this project has five new items that media, researchers, public officials, and citizens may be interested in viewing. They include: 

(1) Special Report: Putting Taxes on the Map: Federal Tax Burdens by City, County, Congressional District and State

(2) Complete table: Federal Tax Burden by County, 2004

(3) Complete table: Federal Tax Burden by U.S. Congressional District, 2004

(4) Complete table: Federal Tax Burden by Major City Area (MSA), 2004

(5) Working Paper #2 (technical) detailing the methodology of allocating federal taxes by geography

Also, some may be interested in our similar previous work released back in January:

(1) Federal Individual Income Tax Burden by County, 2004

(2) Federal Individual Income Tax Burden by Major City Area, 2004

(3) Federal Individual Income Tax Burden by Congressional District, 2004

(4) Impact of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) by State, 2004

(5) Impact of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) by County, 2004

(6) Impact of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) by Congressional District, 2004

(7) Impact of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) by Major City Areas, 2004

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