The nonpartisan public policy think tank Tax Foundation has released a map of the 50 states — plus its home city of Washington, D.C. — that breaks down how much in property taxes people pay across the country.
The research firm attempts to sift through the myriad ways in which property taxes are administered, state-by-state, and arrive at what it calls an “effective rate,” or an amount residents pay for their owner-occupied home that’s comparable across state lines.
Jared Walczak, a policy analyst with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation, wrote that the map “cuts through [the] clutter” of property tax information, according to The Daily Signal, the news site for the conservative Heritage Foundation.
“This is the average amount of residential property tax actually paid, expressed as a percentage of home value,” Walczak wrote.
Maine (at 1.28 percent) is among the top half of states, in terms of heavy property taxes, based on the Tax Foundation’s analysis, but is not in the top 10.
Neighboring New Hampshire, where residents pay 2.15 percent of their home value in property taxes, finished No. 3 overall in terms of property tax burdens. But New Hampshire famously doesn’t have general sales or income taxes, so it makes some sense that the few taxes the state does have are a little higher in comparison.
New Jersey has the highest rate of all the states, based on the Tax Foundation map, while Hawaii has the lowest.