New Census Housing Data Shows Where Property Taxes on Homeowners Are Highest

September 12, 2007

This morning, the Tax Foundated updated the popular property taxes on owner-occupied housing tables by state and county for 2006. Here is a glimpse of the top 10 counties by two measures: (1) median real estate taxes paid (dollar value) and (2) median real estate taxes as a percentage of median home value. Once again, New Jersey and New York dominate the lists.

Top 10 Counties in Median Real Estate Taxes Paid (high-population counties only), 2006

County

State Median Real Estate Taxes Paid
Hunterdon County NJ $7,999
Nassau County NY $7,706
Westchester County NY $7,626
Somerset County NJ $7,318
Bergen County NJ $7,237
Essex County NJ $7,148
Rockland County NY $7,041
Morris County NJ $6,852
Union County NJ $6,703
Passaic County NJ $6,663

Note: National median in 2006 was $1,742.
Source: American Community Survey (Census Bureau)

Top 10 Counties in Median Real Estate Taxes as a Percentage of Median Home Value (high-population counties only), 2006

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 percentage was 0.94%.
Source: American Community Survey (Census Bureau) and Tax Foundation calculations

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