We’ve recently touched upon things to do before you retire (5 Steps BEFORE You Retire) which included investigating the property taxes of a potential retirement location (because property taxes are always due, and they NEVER go down – only up).

There certainly are parts of the country with much higher property taxes than others and there are even counties and towns within counties that have higher property taxes. Some states rely on property taxes because they don’t have income tax or sales tax, etc.. So decisions have to be weighed out. Some states simply overcharge in ALL areas!

I thought it would be interesting to anonymously (if you wish) comment with your annual property taxes and list the state that you reside in. You can simply enter anon (or whatever) if you don’t want others to know that it’s ‘you’ 😉

Obviously there will be differences in property taxes based on one’s home (size, evaluation, etc..) but it should still prove interesting to discover if there are any trends…

Sound interesting?

Okay, lets get started…

Comment below.

I will eventually build a results list and post when we’re about through with responses…

UPDATE:

Okay, given the results as of this update, I’ve quantified some of the numbers.

Note: Most of one’s property tax is based on where one lives, one’s home valuation, with lesser weight on outbuildings, and lesser weight on the land itself – to an extent. Given all of the variations it is nearly impossible to actually compare property taxes, however, I did anyway 😉

Note: Even within a given state, property tax can be exceedingly high in the city versus rural (common sense I suppose).

Note: States like California make it more difficult to analyze due to Prop-13 skewing long-time homeowners vs. new homeowners.

After throwing out the highest and the lowest property tax I came up with an average property tax being paid across the country by those who have submitted their data.

Average property tax: $2,889
Average home size: 1,972 square feet

The following list is sorted by state based on reader input data:
(If square footage was not given, I listed as 2,000)

State TaxSq.’ home
Alabama $          4042100
Arizona $          6501600
Arizona $      1,2001800
Arkansas $      1,4001300
California $      1,4002520
California $      1,500980
California $      1,7861073
California $      3,0001900
California $      4,5001400
California $    26,0002000
Colorado $          3292400
Colorado $          6252700
Colorado $          7651000
Colorado $      1,0431080
Connecticut $      3,8001000
Delaware $          5011800
Florida $          9501200
Florida $      1,2501700
Florida $      1,7501200
Florida $      4,0002700
Georgia $          4801800
Georgia $      1,8001800
Hawaii $      1,6002000
Idaho $      3,2004200
Illinois $      1,8003000
Illinois $      4,1001900
Illinois $      6,3002000
Illinois $    12,9002600
Kentucky $      1,0501200
Maine $      2,2002200
Maine $      2,5002000
Michigan $      3,0001800
Michigan $      4,2003800
Minnesota $          2201200
Mississippi $          3751800
Missouri $          8461600
New Hampshire $      4,3001900
New Jersey $    10,8662006
New Jersey $    13,0002000
New Mexico $          5002100
New Mexico $      2,1241825
New York $      2,9001000
New York $      4,8002800
North Carolina $          8001200
Ohio $      1,3002000
Ohio $      1,8001200
Ohio $      4,3003800
Oregon $      2,5001000
Pennsylvania $      5,0003700
Tennessee $          295700
Tennessee $      1,5511900
Texas $      2,8001700
Texas $      3,2003600
Texas $      4,3001850
Texas $      7,8002000
Utah $      1,8002000
Utah $      3,8953600
Vermont $      2,7001700
Vermont $      6,0002000
Virginia $      3,2003200
Washington $      1,650980
Washington $      5,7002400
Wyoming $          5841000