Analysis: Homeowners in Pennsylvania metro area pay highest property tax rate in U.S.


With an effective property tax rate of about 3.9 percent, the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton metropolitan area in Pennsylvania has the No. 1 highest tax rate among U.S. cities, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

The data shows Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton has 165,729 single-family homes with an average estimated value of nearly $125,000. The average tax amount is more than $4,900. The effective tax rate is the percentage of a home's value the owner pays in property taxes.

In addition to Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Texas all had metropolitan areas ranked in the top five for effective property tax rates. In the No. 2 through No. 5 spots were Binghampton, N.Y. (3.14 percent), Rockford, Ill. (3.03 percent), Rochester, N.Y. (2.93 percent) and El Paso, Texas (2.63 percent). 

Top 100: U.S. metropolitan areas with highest property tax rates

Metro Population Number of Single Family Homes  Average Estimated Value  Average Tax Amount Effective Tax Rate

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA  561,701 165,729$124,917$4,9103.93%
Binghamton, NY  248,292 66,243$122,905$3,8583.14%
Rockford, IL  344,290 97,692$115,431$3,4953.03%
Rochester, NY  1,083,156 305,946$156,395$4,5882.93%
El Paso, TX  834,425 198,295$141,008$3,7062.63%
Trenton, NJ  370,212 109,245$318,889$8,3422.62%
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ  275,376 97,031$255,112$6,5932.58%
Peoria, IL  379,947 131,193$132,650$3,2922.48%
Claremont-Lebanon, NH-VT  217,555 72,448$231,859$5,7542.48%
Reading, PA  413,965 93,490$191,996$4,6492.42%
New Haven-Milford, CT  862,224 185,679$272,062$6,4512.37%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX  6,346,653 1,627,444$265,583$6,1422.31%
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton,

PA-NJ

  828,232 244,658$211,564$4,8882.31%
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT  1,214,056 289,786$269,286$6,2152.31%
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY  1,135,734 297,335$172,546$3,9792.31%
Springfield, IL  211,627 73,988$134,099$3,0832.30%
Utica-Rome, NY  297,592 76,332$134,366$3,0822.29%
College Station-Bryan, TX  239,096 48,294$216,516$4,9332.28%
York-Hanover, PA  439,660 124,460$187,196$4,2422.27%
Erie, PA  279,858 71,723$134,459$2,9892.22%
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI  9,534,008 2,119,875$271,121$5,9902.21%
Champaign-Urbana, IL  236,096 60,761$154,601$3,3952.20%
Waco, TX  258,915 63,131$159,713$3,4472.16%
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY  877,846 219,251$227,016$4,8702.15%
Killeen-Temple, TX  422,388 108,645$144,427$3,0952.14%
Manchester-Nashua, NH  403,972 89,685$307,649$6,5212.12%
Cleveland-Elyria, OH  2,064,483 608,763$169,002$3,5612.11%
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX  819,217 173,216$122,547$2,5752.10%
Lubbock, TX  302,553 83,566$159,097$3,3232.09%
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX  6,833,420 1,729,749$278,865$5,7962.08%
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX  2,286,702 629,477$223,840$4,6122.06%
Pittsburgh, PA  2,358,926 726,960$151,665$3,1082.05%
Toledo, OH  607,631 188,635$132,110$2,6832.03%
Dayton, OH  801,472 255,535$138,476$2,8102.03%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL  383,145 133,647$141,877$2,8602.02%
Norwich-New London, CT  273,185 73,652$265,220$5,2651.99%
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD  6,035,680 1,418,632$281,895$5,5201.96%
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA  19,979,950 3,249,696$491,862$9,6311.96%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI  468,737 138,351$150,546$2,9401.95%
Burlington-South Burlington, VT  215,081 65,969$297,075$5,7521.94%
Longview, TX  216,731 54,498$154,386$2,9811.93%
Austin-Round Rock, TX  1,889,094 475,629$370,111$7,0851.91%
Madison, WI  627,618 178,183$265,210$5,0611.91%
Lancaster, PA  530,216 139,337$209,756$3,9551.89%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX  405,695 121,965$137,432$2,5861.88%
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA  556,243 185,401$90,401$1,6811.86%
Amarillo, TX  259,216 79,869$171,801$3,0771.79%
Corpus Christi, TX  442,422 125,453$169,075$3,0141.78%
Columbus, OH  1,972,375 524,910$213,638$3,7821.77%
Akron, OH  703,744 208,183$156,705$2,7521.76%
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA  601,187 190,388$210,792$3,6341.72%
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA  895,919 298,012$187,965$3,2331.72%
Springfield, MA  628,800 143,870$244,662$4,2001.72%
Tyler, TX  217,552 57,688$193,170$3,3081.71%
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI  1,570,006 295,744$230,400$3,9451.71%
Appleton, WI  230,108 70,006$177,928$3,0431.71%
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA  558,198 169,682$190,250$3,2421.70%
Laredo, TX  263,251 53,748$154,126$2,5901.68%
Green Bay, WI  312,676 110,361$175,591$2,9231.66%
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT  939,983 199,451$637,878$10,6121.66%
Flint, MI  415,874 146,923$112,501$1,8481.64%
Cedar Rapids, IA  263,003 91,213$168,923$2,7161.61%
Lincoln, NE  315,078 77,250$194,440$3,0751.58%
Syracuse, NY  661,914 300,823$150,170$2,3671.58%
Canton-Massillon, OH  403,340 135,938$137,260$2,1511.57%
Topeka, KS  234,167 73,633$140,218$2,1821.56%
Ann Arbor, MI  354,092 76,506$287,664$4,4731.55%
Worcester, MA-CT  928,405 215,027$299,755$4,6591.55%
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI  4,296,416 1,325,731$172,233$2,6421.53%
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA  1,606,424 365,636$334,824$4,9461.48%
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN  2,139,466 597,562$197,338$2,8941.47%
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX  417,947 108,755$113,129$1,6461.46%
Sioux Falls, SD  242,731 68,651$202,185$2,8811.42%
St. Louis, MO-IL  2,801,914 895,461$192,407$2,6691.39%
Portland-South Portland, ME  520,893 133,822$339,256$4,5741.35%
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI  332,103 110,536$140,923$1,8991.35%
Gainesville, FL  271,210 63,465$202,364$2,7151.34%
Kansas City, MO-KS  2,055,675 624,112$188,084$2,4951.33%
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI  1,017,877 303,323$191,936$2,5121.31%
Fargo, ND-MN  223,379 36,321$226,181$2,9561.31%
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH  4,694,565 864,656$548,750$6,9651.27%
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL  663,675 225,293$298,849$3,7201.24%
Port St. Lucie, FL  439,592 148,263$261,075$3,2081.23%
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI  3,458,790 920,454$292,871$3,5311.21%
Bakersfield, CA  865,736 195,440$222,649$2,6321.18%
Eugene, OR  357,060 77,563$283,721$3,3471.18%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL  5,861,000 1,092,939$400,491$4,6981.17%
Salem, OR  400,523 87,601$271,522$3,0411.12%
Duluth, MN-WI  279,748 109,963$160,530$1,7811.11%
Tulsa, OK  962,676 282,457$156,682$1,7331.11%
Rochester, MN  211,250 65,521$221,969$2,4401.10%
Jacksonville, FL  1,401,600 420,989$235,940$2,5901.10%
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL  604,502 209,752$215,231$2,3551.09%
Anchorage, AK  395,285 92,429$354,967$3,8741.09%
Wichita, KS  638,884 208,686$141,234$1,5411.09%
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL  2,888,458 784,386$245,888$2,6751.09%
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC  534,154 129,194$274,709$2,9831.09%
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD  2,769,818 826,825$310,222$3,3251.07%
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA  2,320,323 596,414$415,207$4,4181.06%
Tallahassee, FL  374,690 83,721$205,227$2,1731.06%
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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