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May 17th, 2011
No. 269
New York, New Jersey Lead Nation in Property Tax Burden
New Five- Year American Community Survey Data Includes All Counties in U.S.
By
Nick Kasprak
Introduction
For some time now, the Tax Foundation has published median property tax statistics for counties in the United States.
These statistics are based on data from the American Community Survey. Previously, data limitations meant that only
mid- to high-population counties could be included in the rankings. Now, for the first time, we are pleased to present
data that includes nearly all counties in the United States. We rank counties three different ways: by median property
taxes paid on homes, by median property taxes as a percentage of median home values, and by median property taxes as
a percentage of median household income.

The Census Bureau recently released American Community Survey
data as a five-year average, from 2005 to 2009. The larger number
of survey responses and correspondingly larger sample sizes
included in this five-year period allows estimates to be calculated
for every county (or county-level entity) in the United States.
Previously, these data releases were limited to one-year or three-
year averages, and the lower sample sizes for these releases meant
that only mid- to high-population counties were included.
Our data release includes nearly all 3,139 counties in the United
States. We excluded 217 counties from our rankings because of
their unreliably small sample size, for a final universe of 2,922
counties.

Top Counties
Hunterdon County, New Jersey
Medianl Proper'ty Taxes:
$8,216
Orleans County, New York
Property TaIxes as a Pecn 0g/fHmeVle
3.05%
Passaic County, New Jersey
Proper,;ty Taxves as  a Pecnaeof Household In1come~:
8.44%

Hunterdon County, New Jersey ranks first for median property taxes. For median property taxes as a percentage of
median home value, Orleans County, New York takes the top spot, and all of the top ten counties for this statistic are in
upstate New York. Finally, the No. 1 county for median property taxes as a percentage of median household income is
Passaic County, New Jersey.

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