The good news: Massachusetts isn’t No. 1. The bad news: It’s No. 7, as measured by mean dollars paid per housing unit.
Guess which New England state is ranked No. 2? New Hampshire. Sure, they don’t have a sales or income taxes in the Granite State. But they do have extremely high property taxes. The average rate in Massachusetts, for instance, is $3,805, while the average in N.H. is $5,230.
Who’s the worst? New York’s Westchester County at $9,647. New York and New Jersey generally seem to have the highest rates by far.
File under: Thank goodness for Proposition 2.5
Note: The entire Tax Policy Center study (pdf) can be found here. Screen-capture chart above via CNN Money; click on first link to get to CNN Money’s interactive map.