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Study reveals 22 out of 25 highest taxed U.S. counties are located in New York State



An eye-opening report by the Tax Foundation ranked U.S. counties according to property taxes as a percentage of home value. New York State counties took the top 15 spots on the list — Orleans was rated the highest, with median property taxes at nearly three percent of median home value between 2007 and 2009. Out of the top 25 counties, 22 were in New York and approximately one out of every three counties making the “top 100” list was located in our state.

County State Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes Rank Median Home Value Taxes as Percent of Home Value Rank Median Household Income Taxes as Percent of Income Rank Rank of % of home value
Orleans County New York $2,610 212 $87,200 2.99% 1 $53,577 4.87% 73 1
Niagara County New York $2,773 173 $97,900 2.83% 1 $56,479 4.91% 71 2
Monroe County New York $3,658 78 $131,800 2.78% 2 $66,584 5.49% 52 3
Allegany County New York $1,778 495 $66,100 2.69% 3 $47,633 3.73% 234 4
Wayne County New York $2,899 151 $108,700 2.67% 4 $60,971 4.75% 81 5
Cortland County New York $2,501 243 $94,800 2.64% 5 $54,656 4.58% 93 6
Genesee County New York $2,645 204 $101,200 2.61% 6 $58,045 4.56% 98 7
Chautauqua County New York $2,049 358 $79,500 2.58% 7 $50,650 4.05% 172 8
Seneca County New York $2,278 289 $88,900 2.56% 8 $51,052 4.46% 115 9
Wyoming County New York $2,371 271 $94,600 2.51% 9 $55,637 4.26% 139 10
Montgomery County New York $2,408 263 $96,900 2.49% 10 $53,399 4.51% 104 11
Onondaga County New York $3,061 130 $124,400 2.46% 11 $66,894 4.58% 92 12
Erie County New York $2,885 155 $117,400 2.46% 12 $62,219 4.64% 88 13
Livingston County New York $2,784 171 $114,800 2.43% 13 $61,819 4.50% 108 14
Cayuga County New York $2,380 267 $100,600 2.37% 14 $56,379 4.22% 147 15
Camden County New Jersey $5,384 21 $228,200 2.36% 15 $77,108 6.98% 12 16
Cattaraugus County New York $1,811 478 $77,900 2.32% 16 $49,053 3.69% 246 17
Oswego County New York $2,074 350 $89,400 2.32% 17 $55,667 3.73% 237 18
Fort Bend County Texas $4,033 56 $174,800 2.31% 18 $92,610 4.35% 126 19
Chemung County New York $2,019 370 $87,700 2.30% 19 $54,987 3.67% 249 20
Steuben County New York $1,906 424 $82,800 2.30% 20 $50,771 3.75% 228 21
Winnebago County Illinois $2,916 148 $129,400 2.25% 21 $60,901 4.79% 77 22
Madison County New York $2,523 234 $112,700 2.24% 22 $60,050 4.20% 150 23
Schenectady County New York $3,641 80 $163,000 2.23% 23 $67,899 5.36% 54 24
Broome County New York $2,260 295 $101,300 2.23% 24 $57,499 3.93% 196 25

The complete Tax Foundation report can be found here.

Source: U.S. Census data, calculated by the Tax Foundation

April 2011