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Lowest Property Taxes in U.S.? Alabama

Alabamans pay on average just $477 per person in property and real taxes. That’s one of the many conclusions of this 64-page background paper from the Washington-based Tax Foundation that was released earlier this month. But you already knew that because you

Alabamans pay on average just $477 per person in property and real taxes. That’s one of the many conclusions of this 64-page background paper from the Washington-based Tax Foundation that was released earlier this month. But you already knew that because you read this post at LandReport.com on Alabama’s low tax rates several months ago. Guess which state finished at the bottom of the list?

Way to go New Jersey: $2,642 per capita. Here’s the rundown on the states with the five lowest and the five highest property tax rates:

Lowest Property Taxes:
1. Alabama ($477)
2. Arkansas ($527)
3. New Mexico ($539)
4. Oklahoma ($562)
5. Kentucky ($620)

Highest Property Taxes:
1. New Jersey ($2,642)
2. Connecticut ($2,393)
3. New Hampshire ($2,320)
4. Wyoming ($2,175)
5. New York ($2,124)

According to the report, “Property tax collections per capita are calculated by dividing property taxes collected in each state (obtained from the Census Bureau) by population.”  (page 37)

One other conclusion worth noting:

Real and personal property taxes are a contentious subject at the state and local levels as individuals and businesses protest rising tax bills caused by revaluations of residential and business property. In fact, the Tax Foundation’s Survey of Tax Attitudes found that local property taxes are perceived as the second most unfair state or local tax.”  (page 35)

Oddly enough, the most unfair state or local tax was nowhere identified in the report.

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4 comments on “Lowest Property Taxes in U.S.? Alabama

  1. Joanna Hellum says:

    I live in Mich,to me it has some of the worse highest taxes. I’ve seen or heard and you wonder why; the state is in the shape. It is in with people saleing what they have and takeing a lost on the rest.I just went on line to see home to buy,there is a home in the ann arbor mi area for over $2000000 the taxes on the property is over $19000 a year.And it’s bank owned do you wonder??We have homes here under that and the taxes are run $4000to $8000 ayear Why are there so many bank owned home in MICH,and Gov still is up the taxes.Gov is not out to help the people who put them, where they are.I got mine you better find yours.

  2. response to Joanna says:

    What the heck are you trying to convey in your aggravating vernacular and horrible grammar? Seriously. I read it 5 times and still have no real idea as to what you are meaning to say.

  3. Bill says:

    Joanna,

    I would kill to have taxes as low as Michigans. Try a 3br. 1.5 bath ranch on of an acre taxes $19,821 a year. Toss in every other concievable tax the state can add just for the hell of it. BTW that is for a $450,000 house Welcome to NJ Bend over here it comes again.

  4. Stance says:

    Alabama’s the worst but next time you visit Louisiana you will find La is even lower. I wouldn’t be too proud of AL.

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