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1 New Census Data on Property Taxes on Homeowners 1 (2010)

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No. 248                                                .
New Census Data on Property Taxes on
Homeowners
By the Tax Foundation's Data Analysis Division
The Census Bureau has released new housing numbers courtesy of the 2009 American Community
Survey (ACS), which includes real estate taxes paid on owner-occupied housing units. Data is included
for many geographical units, including states and high-population counties. 1
The Tax Foundation has long published historical data on property tax collections compiled by the Census
Blureaus Government Firnces division. However, such data includes not only taxes paid by individual
homeowners, but also property taxes paid by businesses, as well as some special types of property
pertaining to minerals or fuels found mostly in a handful of states, such as Texas, Wyoming and Alaska.
When people want to know where property taxes are the highest, though, they typically wonder about
property taxes levied specifically on homeowners. This is where the ACS data is useful.
Background Information on American Community Survey Data
The ACS relies on survey data collected from households, just as the Census collects most of its
information. The survey data collected in the ACS, as well as in other Census household surveys such as
the Current Population Survey (CPS), is used in many government functions, such as decisions on how to
distribute spending geographically and the calculation of the official poverty estimates and labor market
statistics, among others. In fact, the real estate taxes data featured here is actually used by some
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The ACS releases annual one-year data for various housing and person variables for areas with
populations greater than 65,000. Furthermore, the ACS now annually releases three-year averages for
areas with populations greater than 20,000. Such data for 2009 will be available in January, and the Tax
Foundation will update the relevant data then as well. Furthermore, this December, the ACS for the first
time will provide five-year average data for all counties and places (regardless of population). So in
December, 2005-2009 five-year average data on real estate taxes for all counties will be published by the
Tax Foundation.
Where to Find the Full Set of Property Tax on Homeowners Data
For a chart of real estate taxes paid on owner-occupied housing for each of the 792 high-population
counties (65,000 or greater)3 for 2009. see the Tax Foundation Web site:
http//, vw.taxfourndation org/taxdata/showi. 1888.html (ranked by taxes as a percentage of home value)

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