"The suburbs of New York City, both in New York and surrounding states, have traditionally the highest property taxes in the country in real dollars," says Mark Ryan, an independent Realtor in Ann Arbor, Michigan. "Even as a percentage of home purchase price, these areas remain near the top."
Not surprisingly, the highest property taxes surround the biggest cities. Data from the American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates 60 percent of counties nationwide reported property taxes between $500 and $1,500 annually, between 2007 and 2011.
The highest property taxes in the country:
- Westchester County, New York: $9,647 annually.
The lowest property taxes:
- Twenty-four counties came in under $250 a year; those almost all were in the states of Alabama and Louisiana.