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Counties Whose Residents Pay the Most Property Tax

  1. The Highest Rate in Each State
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    The Highest Rate in Each State

    Residents of Hunterdon County, a suburban area in western New Jersey, are among the wealthiest Americans. Median household income is $102,500, almost double the $51,500 national figure, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Equestrian estates and single-family homes on several acres can be found in areas including Tewksbury, Raritan, and Delaware Township. Charming, indeed. But living there is not cheap. Hunterdon County residents pay a median $8,216 in residential property tax per year. That's more than any other county in the U.S., according to Washington-based think tank the Tax Foundation, which cites U.S. Census Bureau estimates from 2005 to 2009. (One-year data from 2009 show Hunterdon ranked fourth after New York's Westchester County and Nassau County, and New Jersey's Bergen County.) Property taxes in Hunterdon County represent a larger share of household income, at 7.3 percent, than the average national rate of 2.81 percent. Overall, New Jersey residents pay the nation's highest proportion of income in state and local taxes in the nation—12.2 percent of income, followed by residents in New York and Connecticut, reported Bloomberg News. Property taxes are the sole major revenue source that grew in 2009, increasing by 10.9 percent year-on-year, despite a drop in home values nationwide, reported the Tax Foundation.

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  2. Most property tax paid in Alabama: Shelby County
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    Most property tax paid in Alabama: Shelby County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes*: $797
    Median Home Value: $188,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.02%

    Shelby County, the fastest-growing county in Alabama, includes parts of Birmingham, Hoover, and Helena, among other cities. Property taxes account for about 28 percent of the school system's annual operating budget, reported the Birmingham News. A recent vote to renew the property tax will fund the construction of new schools and pay for art, music, physical education, and technology programs.

    Note: Median property taxes paid on homes refers to the median real estate tax paid on owner-occupied housing units for that county.

    *Data source on all slides: Tax Foundation figures, based on U.S. Census 2005-2009 estimates

  3. Most property tax paid in Alaska: Anchorage Municipality
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    Most property tax paid in Alaska: Anchorage Municipality

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,321
    Median Home Value: $255,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.72%

    Anchorage has no sales or state income tax, but its property taxes are among the highest in the country. The average value of a single-family house in Anchorage rose by 1.5 percent last year, to $316,600, according to 2011 city property tax assessments.

  4. Most property tax paid in Arizona: Pima County
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    Most property tax paid in Arizona: Pima County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,475
    Median Home Value: $196,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.52%

    Residents of Pima County, which includes Tucson, pay the most property tax in Arizona. In the most recent assessment by the Pima County Assessor's Office, most home valuations dropped by an average of 5.3 percent, though the fall was 12 percent in Marana and Avra Valley and 11 percent in downtown Tucson, reported Inside Tucson Business. Meanwhile, commercial valuations increased.
  5. Most property tax paid in Arkansas: Benton County
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    Most property tax paid in Arkansas: Benton County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $862
    Median Home Value: $153,200
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.44%

    Arkansas cities and counties collect property tax, the principal source of revenue for those units of government, according to the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. In Benton County, in the northwest corner of the state, assessments are made on all property, real and personal. The assessment on real estate is 20 percent of current market value, according to the county assessor's office.

  6. Most property tax paid in California: Marin County
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    Most property tax paid in California: Marin County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,974
    Median Home Value: $880,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.49%

    Marin County is home to such affluent towns as Belvedere, Ross, and Tiburon. Under California's Proposition 13, the property tax rate is fixed at 1 percent of assessed value, plus any amounts required to repay assessment bonds approved by the voters, according to the state's website.

  7. Most property tax paid in Colorado: Douglas County
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    Most property tax paid in Colorado: Douglas County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,532
    Median Home Value: $339,800
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.34%

    Douglas County, located between Denver and Colorado Springs, is part of the Denver-Aurora metro area. The assessment rate is currently 7.96 percent on residential property, according to the County Assessor. Property values are projected to decline by 14 percent in 2011, according to Fitch Ratings.

  8. Most property tax paid in Connecticut: Fairfield County
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    Most property tax paid in Connecticut: Fairfield County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $5,908
    Median Home Value: $484,200
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 5.79%

    In Connecticut, a property's assessment is equal to 70 percent of its fair market value, as established by the municipal assessor. Property taxes are administered by each city and town. The tax rate in the wealthy Town of Greenwich was 8.596 percent, in Darien 11.74 percent, and 13.585 percent in New Canaan, according to the most recent data from the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management.

  9. Most property tax paid in Delaware: New Castle County
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    Most property tax paid in Delaware: New Castle County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,273
    Median Home Value: $245,800
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.63%

    New Castle County raised property taxes 5 percent in 2006, 17.5 percent in 2007, and 25 percent in 2009, reported washingtonexaminer.com. As real estate tax revenue increased, revenue from the transfer tax dropped significantly, from 27 percent of revenues in 2006 to an estimated 9 percent in 2011, according to budget data from the county.
  10. Most property tax paid in Florida: Miami-Dade County
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    Most property tax paid in Florida: Miami-Dade County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,600
    Median Home Value: $277,200
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.45%

    Miami-Dade County's taxable-property values fell 22 percent from 2007 to 2010, according the property appraisers' office. To offset the dive in property values, county commissioners voted last year to raise property tax rates by 14 percent. The increase upset voters, who ousted Mayor Carlos Alvarez in a recall vote on Mar. 15.
  11. Most property tax paid in Georgia: Fulton County
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    Most property tax paid in Georgia: Fulton County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,633
    Median Home Value: $250,800
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3%

    In Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, the assessed value of a home is 40 percent of its appraised value, according to the county board of assessors. The area's appraisers have adjusted many property values to reflect the market. The typical residential appraisal in Fulton, Georgia's biggest county, is about 2.6 percent less than the home's actual value, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The county also recently increased homestead exemptions (for primary residences) by $5,000, to $30,000.
  12. Most property tax paid in Hawaii: Honolulu County
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    Most property tax paid in Hawaii: Honolulu County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,381
    Median Home Value: $537,800
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.58%

    In Honolulu County, which covers the island of Oahu, the property tax rate in 2009-2010 increased from $3.27 per $1,000 in assessed value to $3.42, according to Hawaiian Americana Realty. There was no increase for the 2010-2011 period.
  13. Most property tax paid in Idaho: Blaine County
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    Most property tax paid in Idaho: Blaine County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,895
    Median Home Value: $501,300
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.71%

    Blaine County is home to ski resort area Sun Valley, which has some of the state's most expensive homes. As home values fell, the 2011 property tax rate was raised slightly, reported the Idaho Mountain Express. The county needs to collect $11.3 million in property tax revenue for fiscal year 2011, up by $1.1 million from last year. The additional revenue will come from a levy for the Blaine Manor nursing home; taxes on new construction; and a land, water and wildlife levy, according to the county clerk's office.
  14. Most property tax paid in Illinois: Lake County
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    Most property tax paid in Illinois: Lake County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $6,000
    Median Home Value: $288,600
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 6.52%

    About 6.5 percent of household income in Lake County goes to property tax, one of the highest percentages nationwide. Equalized assessed value in the county—home to Lake Forest and Highland Park—for fiscal 2011 decreased about 6.3 percent, to an estimated $28.3 billion, according to the county budget.
  15. Most property tax paid in Indiana: Hamilton County
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    Most property tax paid in Indiana: Hamilton County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,242
    Median Home Value: $208,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.37%

    Central Indiana's Hamilton County is home to the wealthy city of Carmel, which contains some of the state's most valuable homes. About half of property tax revenue funds schools, according to the county's 2009 to 2010 property tax summary.
  16. Most property tax paid in Iowa: Johnson County
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    Most property tax paid in Iowa: Johnson County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,344
    Median Home Value: $173,400
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.17%

    Johnson County residents are taxed on 48.53 percent of the valuation of their homes. In the new budget approved this month, residents will see taxes increase next year because property assessments went up, according to the county.

  17. Most property tax paid in Kansas: Johnson County
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    Most property tax paid in Kansas: Johnson County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,553
    Median Home Value: $206,700
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.82%

    The average appraised value of all residential property in Johnson County fell to $233,000 in 2011, from $241,000 in 2008, according to data from the county appraiser. The condo market was most vulnerable, with the average appraised value falling to $124,000, from $139,000 in 2008. About 57 percent of property taxes go to schools.
  18. Most property tax paid in Kentucky: Oldham County
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    Most property tax paid in Kentucky: Oldham County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,112
    Median Home Value: $230,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.35%

    Oldham County, in northern Kentucky near Louisville, is one of the state's fastest-growing counties and is home to affluent towns such as Prospect. There is a 6 percent state sales tax on goods and on utility services, but no local sales taxes in Kentucky, according to the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce. All locally taxed property is subject to county and city taxes and school district taxes.
  19. Most property tax paid in Louisiana: St. Tammany Parish
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    Most property tax paid in Louisiana: St. Tammany Parish

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $859
    Median Home Value: $188,300
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.26%

    St. Tammany Parish, part of the greater New Orleans metro area, gets most of its revenue from sales and property taxes. Based on the 2011 budget, property tax collections are expected to increase by 9.1 percent, to $12.3 million, reported the Times-Picayune.
  20. Most property tax paid in Maine: Cumberland County
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    Most property tax paid in Maine: Cumberland County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,859
    Median Home Value: $244,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.13%

    Tax assessments in Maine are handled through individual cities and towns. Cumberland County includes the cities of Portland, Yarmouth, and Cape Elizabeth.

  21. Most property tax paid in Maryland: Howard County
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    Most property tax paid in Maryland: Howard County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,878
    Median Home Value: $454,800
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.24%

    Howard County, located between Baltimore and Washington, is one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S., with a median household income of about $101,000—nearly twice the national level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Budget Director Raymond Wacks told the County Council that he expects property tax, the county's biggest revenue source, to show low levels of growth for the next three to five years, reported the Howard County Times.
  22. Most property tax paid in Massachusetts: Middlesex County
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    Most property tax paid in Massachusetts: Middlesex County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,158
    Median Home Value: $427,400
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.23%

    Middlesex County, like many in Massachusetts, exists only as a geographic region and has no government, according to the state website. Still, the area is one of the most populous counties in the U.S., with 1.48 million people. Middlesex has a median home value of $338,100, according to Zillow.com, and includes such places as Cambridge, Lowell, Newton, and Stow.

  23. Most property tax paid in Michigan: Washtenaw County
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    Most property tax paid in Michigan: Washtenaw County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,699
    Median Home Value: $222,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.46%

    Ann Arbor and Barton Hills are in Washtenaw County, home to the University of Michigan. Median property taxes here are about twice the national level and County Treasurer Catherine McClary estimates the total amount of unpaid 2010 real property taxes in the county will be about $30 million, reported AnnArbor.com.

  24. Most property tax paid in Minnesota: Carver County
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    Most property tax paid in Minnesota: Carver County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,850
    Median Home Value: $284,600
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.20%

    Property taxes in Carver County, home to Victoria and Chanhassen, are distributed to the county, school district, municipality, and other special taxing districts where property is located, according to the county website. The Carver County Board approved a 2011 budget that reduces the property tax levy by $600,000, or 1.3 percent. Home values in the county decreased to $281,000 in 2010, from $294,000 in 2009.

  25. Most property tax paid in Mississippi: Madison County
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    Most property tax paid in Mississippi: Madison County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $997
    Median Home Value: $171,400
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.38%

    Homeowners in Madison County pay more property tax than other Mississippi residents, but the median property tax levied—$997—is still less than half the national rate. Madison County includes the cities of Madison, Ridgeland, and Canton, as well as a small section of Jackson.

  26. Most property tax paid in Missouri: St. Charles County
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    Most property tax paid in Missouri: St. Charles County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,248
    Median Home Value: $193,500
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.87%

    St. Charles County, part of the St. Louis metro area, is the wealthiest county in the state and home to such cities as Weldon Spring, Lake St. Louis, and Cottleville, where median household income is higher than the state median. There is no local income tax in St. Charles County, and residential property in Missouri is assessed at 19 percent of fair market value, according to the county's economic development center.

  27. Most property tax paid in Montana: Missoula County
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    Most property tax paid in Montana: Missoula County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,038
    Median Home Value: $225,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.50%

    The second-largest county in Montana encompasses most of Missoula, known as "Garden City" for its relatively mild winters. The area offers sports such as skiing and biking in the surrounding Rocky Mountains, while gallery nights and theater add further culture.
  28. Most property tax paid in Nebraska: Sarpy County
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    Most property tax paid in Nebraska: Sarpy County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,949
    Median Home Value: $151,500
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.75%

    An upscale county that includes rural farms and suburbs south of Omaha, Sarpy has wineries, trails, museums, and country clubs. You can grab a dollar beer at thirsty Thursday and root for the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park, the county's new minor league baseball stadium.

  29. Most property tax paid in Nevada: Washoe County
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    Most property tax paid in Nevada: Washoe County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,776
    Median Home Value: $319,500
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.42%

    Washoe County could be a small country. Its 6,600 square miles stretch from salt flats to Reno's casinos, from ski slopes at Lake Tahoe to borders with Oregon and California. Some 410,000 people reside in growing Washoe.

  30. Most property tax paid in New Hampshire: Rockingham County
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    Most property tax paid in New Hampshire: Rockingham County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $5,110
    Median Home Value: $313,400
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 5.91%

    Rockingham County is an upscale area with rural lands and old New England towns that span nearly 700 square miles between Maine and Massachusetts. The area boasts prep schools such as Phillips Exeter Academy, forests for hiking, ponds for swimming, and a brief, pretty stretch of Atlantic coastline.

  31. Most property tax paid in New Jersey: Hunterdon County
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    Most property tax paid in New Jersey: Hunterdon County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $8,216
    Median Home Value: $452,100
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 7.30%

    Part of New York's greater metro area, Hunterdon County has its share of historical sites and hospitable towns, but the big draw is its rural feel and endless parks. The area is dotted with nature preserves, low mountains, arboretums, and streams that invite hiking, biking, and moments outside. The county had the highest property taxes for New Jersey, according to 2005 to 2009 census estimates, although the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs said that in 2010, Bergen County paid the greatest amount.
  32. Most property tax paid in New Mexico: Bernalillo County
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    Most property tax paid in New Mexico: Bernalillo County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,393
    Median Home Value: $178,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.27%

    In Central New Mexico, 1,200 square miles make up Bernalillo County, home to more than 500,000 people. It's mostly a desert environment split by the Rio Grande, with the City of Albuquerque in the middle.

  33. Most property tax paid in New York: Nassau County
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    Most property tax paid in New York: Nassau County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $8,206
    Median Home Value: $490,300
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 7.97%

    Nassau County's portion of Long Island offers miles of beaches, manicured golf courses, and more than 70 parks managed by the county. For many commuters to New York, the peaceful neighborhoods and parks are a haven. Denizens of Nassau County pay more property taxes than other New York counties but that doesn't mean the county government is swimming in money. In January, the state formed the Nassau Interim Finance Authority and took control of the county's finances because of a projected $176 million deficit.
  34. Most property tax paid in North Carolina: Orange County
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    Most property tax paid in North Carolina: Orange County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,517
    Median Home Value: $239,500
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.06%

    Orange County is an area of rolling hills and farms anchored by the cultural offerings of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the botanical garden, and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Upscale restaurants, artists' studios, and parks dot the area that makes up one of the three core counties in the so-called research triangle. (The triangle's additional educational points are Duke University in Durham and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.)

  35. Most property tax paid in North Dakota: Cass County
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    Most property tax paid in North Dakota: Cass County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,651
    Median Home Value: $144,200
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.73%

    Cass County encompasses North Dakota's most populous city, Fargo. The county stretches out into farm country and presses up against the fishing and flooding of the Red River in the east.

  36. Most property tax paid in Ohio: Delaware County
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    Most property tax paid in Ohio: Delaware County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,397
    Median Home Value: $248,600
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.54%

    Home to liberal arts college Ohio Wesleyan University and the birthplace of President Rutherford B. Hayes, Delaware County is a growing Columbus suburb. The area also hosts the Little Brown Jug, a harness race that forms a leg of the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Pacers.
  37. Most property tax paid in Oklahoma: Tulsa County
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    Most property tax paid in Oklahoma: Tulsa County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,260
    Median Home Value: $120,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.06%

    The county serves separates the Ozarks in the East from the plains in the West. Home to more than half a million people, it surrounds Oklahoma's second largest city, Tulsa, and includes green farmland that runs alongside the Arkansas River.

  38. Most property tax paid in Oregon: Washington County
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    Most property tax paid in Oregon: Washington County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,687
    Median Home Value: $296,500
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.28%

    Washington County is a suburban and rural area of rolling orchards and vineyards west of Portland. It is also home to many of the biggest employers in the state, including Intel (INTC) and Nike (NKE).

  39. Most property tax paid in Pennsylvania: Chester County
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    Most property tax paid in Pennsylvania: Chester County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,011
    Median Home Value: $328,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.12%

    Part of the Philadelphia metro area in Pennsylvania's southeast corner, Chester County borders Maryland and Delaware. Founded in 1682 by William Penn, the county has more than a few historical sites and plenty of parks.

  40. Most property tax paid in Rhode Island: Bristol County
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    Most property tax paid in Rhode Island: Bristol County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,249
    Median Home Value: $366,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.96%

    Surrounded by boat-filled bays, coves, and harbors, Bristol County's scenic areas have drawn people to the area for centuries. Today it forms upscale suburbs for nearby Providence and serves as a playground for the well-to-do.

  41. Most property tax paid in South Carolina: Beaufort County
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    Most property tax paid in South Carolina: Beaufort County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,253
    Median Home Value: $291,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.90%

    An ocean and island haven between Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., Beaufort County is equally at home hosting the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island and the resort island of Hilton Head. The area sports scenic waterways, lighthouses, sandy beaches, and plenty of wildlife.

  42. Most property tax paid in South Dakota: Lincoln County
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    Most property tax paid in South Dakota: Lincoln County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $2,128
    Median Home Value: $159,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 2.91%

    The growth of Sioux Falls has helped Lincoln County become one of the country's fastest growing counties. It has lower home values and median property taxes than many of the other counties on our list but continued growth is likely to make the area more expensive.

  43. Most property tax paid in Tennessee: Williamson County
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    Most property tax paid in Tennessee: Williamson County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,845
    Median Home Value: $327,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.85%

    With a low cost of living and a light tax burden, residents of affluent Williamson County have one of the best deals on our list. The area, which the Daily Caller labeled "the wealthiest county in America" in 2010, is also home to rambling cul-de-sacs among Nashville's Southern suburbs and manicured country clubs fitted into forested hills.

  44. Most property tax paid in Texas: Collin County
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    Most property tax paid in Texas: Collin County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,332
    Median Home Value: $197,400
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.29%

    Forming the Northeast suburbs of Dallas, Collin County reported the fastest growth in the state from 2000 to 2009, with 61 percent growth. Many cities or towns in the county hit triple-digit growth rates during that period. Now home to more than 790,000 people, the county reports that the vast majority of property tax dollars go to area school districts, with the county estimating an average collection of just $540 in 2011 for each homeowner.
  45. Most property tax paid in Utah: Summit County
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    Most property tax paid in Utah: Summit County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,792
    Median Home Value: $457,500
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.86%

    Home to the boom-and-bust cycles of the West, Summit County is back in the boom times as host to some of the best powder skiing and the hottest luxury resorts in the country, not to mention the 2002 Winter Olympics. With a low population density, the area contains broad scenic expanses of mountains and forests.

  46. Most property tax paid in Vermont: Chittenden County
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    Most property tax paid in Vermont: Chittenden County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,887
    Median Home Value: $246,000
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 5.04%

    Nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, Chittenden County is home to roughly a quarter of Vermont's population. The area grew quickly to fill the needs of Vermont's largest private employer, IBM (IBM), which settled there in 1957.

  47. Most property tax paid in Virginia: Loudoun County
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    Most property tax paid in Virginia: Loudoun County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,669
    Median Home Value: $508,300
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.75%

    Loudoun County has grown into a thriving suburb of Washington after decades of light growth amid a rural ambiance. According to a report from the U.S. Census, Loudoun had the country's highest median household income as of 2007. Today it contains the headquarters of such businesses as MCI (VZ) and Telos, as well as the Washington Dulles International Airport.

  48. Most property tax paid in Washington: King County
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    Most property tax paid in Washington: King County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,406
    Median Home Value: $398,600
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.78%

    King County includes Seattle and 2,307 square miles surrounding it. Almost two million people live in the curling cul-de-sacs and former farmland or forest of its suburbs. King County is an area of sparkling lakes, clear mountain views, and state ferries that traverse Puget Sound.

  49. Most property tax paid in West Virginia: Jefferson County
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    Most property tax paid in West Virginia: Jefferson County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $1,251
    Median Home Value: $259,400
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 1.70%

    Named after Thomas Jefferson, West Virginia's easternmost county is rich in history. Abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry took place there. Today the county seeks to maintain its farmland and rural heritage, even as growth from Washington presses toward it through Loudoun County, Va.

  50. Most property tax paid in Wisconsin: Dane County
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    Most property tax paid in Wisconsin: Dane County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $4,038
    Median Home Value: $226,900
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 4.95%

    Fully encircling the Wisconsin state capitol of Madison, Dane County is home to what is rapidly approaching half a million people. Towns and cities dot the landscape around Madison, with clear lakes and rivers for fishing, boating, and relaxing.

  51. Most property tax paid in Wyoming: Teton County
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    Most property tax paid in Wyoming: Teton County

    Median Property Taxes Paid on Homes: $3,086
    Median Home Value: $704,700
    Taxes as Percent of Income: 3.46%

    Given that it contains such national treasures as Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge, and more than 40% of Yellowstone National Park, it's no surprise that many people want to live in Teton County. Only 3% of its more than 4,000 square miles are available for private ownership, so home values are enhanced by the limited possibilities for land use and growth. Teton County is expensive—and extraordinarily pretty.