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


With an effective property tax rate of 3.99 percent, Westmoreland County in Pennsylvania has the highest tax rate among U.S. counties, according to an ATTOM Data Solutions analysis of property taxes levied on single-family homes.

The data shows Westmoreland County has 119,472 single-family homes with an average estimated value of about $57,500. The average tax amount is nearly $2,300. The effective tax rate is the percentage of a home's value the owner pays in property taxes.

In addition to Pennsylvania, New York and Illinois had counties ranked in the top five for effective property tax rates. In the No. 2 through No. 5 spots were Allegany County, N.Y. (3.85 percent), Sullivan County, N.Y. (3.83 percent), Bureau County, Ill. (3.64 percent) and Orleans County, N.Y. (3.5 percent). 

Counties with highest property tax rates

CountyStatePopulation Number of Single Family Homes  Average Estimated Value  Average Property Tax Amount Effective Property Tax Rate
WestmorelandPennsylvania  361,251   119,472  $ 57,518  $ 2,295 3.99%
AlleganyNew York  48,070   11,514  $ 74,094  $ 2,855 3.85%
SullivanNew York  76,330   25,923  $ 145,410  $ 5,572 3.83%
BureauIllinois  34,115   11,821  $ 85,027  $ 3,092 3.64%
OrleansNew York  42,204   11,783  $ 233,446  $ 8,164 3.50%
CamdenNew Jersey  511,998   162,496  $ 198,818  $ 6,767 3.40%
CortlandNew York  49,043   11,171  $ 125,808  $ 4,044 3.21%
WinnebagoIllinois  290,439   82,399  $ 105,871  $ 3,380 3.19%
SalemNew Jersey  65,120   20,899  $ 174,082  $ 5,547 3.19%
GloucesterNew Jersey  290,298   86,864  $ 219,133  $ 6,956 3.17%
BroomeNew York  198,093   51,904  $ 122,910  $ 3,866 3.15%
BeaverPennsylvania  169,785   57,442  $ 90,783  $ 2,850 3.14%
LuzernePennsylvania  320,095   98,256  $ 117,969  $ 3,696 3.13%
ColesIllinois  53,037   17,308  $ 83,428  $ 2,606 3.12%
MonroePennsylvania  167,881   63,624  $ 153,926  $ 4,762 3.09%
MonroeNew York  749,356   212,024  $ 157,616  $ 4,780 3.03%
OrangeNew York  375,384   84,245  $ 260,806  $ 7,907 3.03%
StarrTexas  62,648   15,859  $ 88,302  $ 2,673 3.03%
KendallIllinois  120,036   32,763  $ 219,228  $ 6,474 2.95%
WyomingNew York  41,446   10,194  $ 109,076  $ 3,176 2.91%
WarrenNew Jersey  107,226   35,048  $ 241,473  $ 7,029 2.91%
De KalbIllinois  104,345   27,612  $ 171,276  $ 4,934 2.88%
Saint LawrenceNew York  112,011   26,219  $ 93,169  $ 2,668 2.86%
CattaraugusNew York  78,962   22,987  $ 98,995  $ 2,824 2.85%
GeneseeNew York  59,458   15,484  $ 121,353  $ 3,461 2.85%
WayneNew York  92,416   26,704  $ 136,502  $ 3,863 2.83%
SussexNew Jersey  145,930   54,087  $ 269,688  $ 7,631 2.83%
MchenryIllinois  307,357   104,813  $ 226,028  $ 6,383 2.82%
PassaicNew Jersey  507,574   113,920  $ 349,393  $ 9,813 2.81%
SchenectadyNew York  154,796   46,663  $ 196,930  $ 5,479 2.78%
KaneIllinois  524,886   134,636  $ 235,772  $ 6,517 2.76%
BurlingtonNew Jersey  450,556   134,624  $ 262,898  $ 7,200 2.74%
MilwaukeeWisconsin  955,939   99,004  $ 117,748  $ 3,220 2.73%
RensselaerNew York  159,900   37,388  $ 186,044  $ 5,075 2.73%
RocklandNew York  320,688   59,129  $ 474,408  $ 12,924 2.72%
CayugaNew York  79,173   18,830  $ 130,803  $ 3,562 2.72%
OrangeVermont  28,929   11,717  $ 174,375  $ 4,723 2.71%
LakeIllinois  702,898   199,165  $ 332,413  $ 8,990 2.70%
CumberlandNew Jersey  157,035   43,310  $ 156,214  $ 4,213 2.70%
PeoriaIllinois  187,112   62,246  $ 123,518  $ 3,330 2.70%
CarbonPennsylvania  64,634   19,104  $ 118,951  $ 3,174 2.67%
UnionNew Jersey  548,744   135,583  $ 409,252  $ 10,863 2.65%
ChautauquaNew York  132,646   40,127  $ 117,800  $ 3,112 2.64%
El PasoTexas  831,095   197,926  $ 141,007  $ 3,711 2.63%
CowleyKansas  36,079   12,128  $ 92,341  $ 2,428 2.63%
ChenangoNew York  49,549   12,121  $ 97,315  $ 2,559 2.63%
MercerNew Jersey  370,212   109,245  $ 318,889  $ 8,342 2.62%
SullivanNew Hampshire  43,135   12,594  $ 216,208  $ 5,645 2.61%
UlsterNew York  181,300   48,695  $ 236,491  $ 6,147 2.60%
EssexNew Jersey  791,609   153,263  $ 458,661  $ 11,878 2.59%
JacksonIllinois  59,534   15,530  $ 96,322  $ 2,491 2.59%
AtlanticNew Jersey  275,376   97,031  $ 255,112  $ 6,593 2.58%
KankakeeIllinois  112,221   35,735  $ 136,904  $ 3,537 2.58%
TiogaNew York  50,199   14,339  $ 122,886  $ 3,161 2.57%
BurnetTexas  44,144   16,677  $ 245,971  $ 6,307 2.56%
WindsorVermont  56,150   25,524  $ 248,317  $ 6,363 2.56%
PutnamNew York  99,488   30,302  $ 374,954  $ 9,591 2.56%
Rock IslandIllinois  147,161   52,001  $ 111,690  $ 2,855 2.56%
HenryIllinois  49,883   19,842  $ 103,580  $ 2,639 2.55%
CheshireNew Hampshire  76,430   14,950  $ 207,073  $ 5,269 2.54%
CaledoniaVermont  31,012   11,839  $ 149,568  $ 3,785 2.53%
KnoxIllinois  52,112   18,551  $ 81,723  $ 2,055 2.51%
Fort BendTexas  658,331   187,892  $ 293,540  $ 7,381 2.51%
OswegoNew York  121,183   31,466  $ 112,160  $ 2,815 2.51%
StraffordNew Hampshire  125,273   23,116  $ 262,577  $ 6,587 2.51%
LivingstonIllinois  37,689   10,877  $ 104,580  $ 2,619 2.50%
LucasOhio  436,261   131,663  $ 116,825  $ 2,919 2.50%
WindhamVermont  43,858   21,289  $ 218,189  $ 5,431 2.49%
McleanIllinois  173,114   50,642  $ 171,428  $ 4,217 2.46%
MontgomeryNew York  49,779   14,453  $ 120,283  $ 2,952 2.45%
MaconIllinois  109,193   40,329  $ 98,251  $ 2,405 2.45%
WhitesideIllinois  57,525   20,749  $ 94,370  $ 2,308 2.45%
CuyahogaOhio  1,263,189   359,506  $ 156,415  $ 3,818 2.44%
WoodfordIllinois  39,106   11,983  $ 164,074  $ 4,002 2.44%
BooneIllinois  53,851   15,293  $ 168,362  $ 4,104 2.44%
DutchessNew York  296,928   75,296  $ 289,662  $ 7,030 2.43%
TompkinsNew York  103,855   18,228  $ 231,516  $ 5,615 2.43%
RacineWisconsin  194,895   23,552  $ 134,356  $ 3,257 2.42%
HunterdonNew Jersey  126,250   43,388  $ 387,881  $ 9,394 2.42%
BerksPennsylvania  413,965   93,490  $ 191,996  $ 4,649 2.42%
MerrimackNew Hampshire  147,262   33,753  $ 263,352  $ 6,375 2.42%
FranklinNew York  51,280   12,271  $ 124,749  $ 2,996 2.40%
Saint ClairIllinois  267,029   76,650  $ 126,432  $ 3,034 2.40%
OgleIllinois  52,397   16,059  $ 125,663  $ 3,012 2.40%
ClintonNew York  81,685   20,522  $ 144,344  $ 3,458 2.40%
WestchesterNew York  967,315   165,137  $ 718,858  $ 17,179 2.39%
IndianaPennsylvania  87,895   24,659  $ 109,821  $ 2,614 2.38%
HartfordConnecticut  896,943   200,867  $ 264,478  $ 6,294 2.38%
WillIllinois  683,995   225,077  $ 233,701  $ 5,554 2.38%
New HavenConnecticut  862,224   185,679  $ 272,062  $ 6,451 2.37%
LeeIllinois  35,027   11,776  $ 101,820  $ 2,410 2.37%
MiddlesexNew Jersey  830,300   207,467  $ 355,697  $ 8,413 2.37%
NorthamptonPennsylvania  299,616   95,423  $ 211,280  $ 4,978 2.36%
ArmstrongPennsylvania  67,979   20,370  $ 101,041  $ 2,374 2.35%
HarrisTexas  4,356,362   1,045,594  $ 262,451  $ 6,159 2.35%
CoosNew Hampshire  31,870   12,243  $ 129,427  $ 3,027 2.34%
LackawannaPennsylvania  213,459   57,306  $ 134,654  $ 3,133 2.33%
La CrosseWisconsin  117,048   11,440  $ 144,127  $ 3,353 2.33%
SangamonIllinois  199,016   69,985  $ 133,200  $ 3,089 2.32%
MontgomeryIllinois  29,348   10,774  $ 68,790  $ 1,589 2.31%
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions

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