Live In Westchester? You Pay The Country's Highest Property Taxes

We know that the county can be an expensive place to live, but just how high are your property taxes? Twice the national median? Three times? If only.


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According to a new Zillow analysis, the median US property tax bill in 2013 (the most recent data available) was $2,132. But if you’re reading this in Westchester, chances are you paid a little bit more than that. That’s because, as a resident of Westchester County, you had the privilege of paying about six times that amount on your property: the median tax bill for the county was $13,842.

Westchester, of course, can be a pricey place to live. In fact, Westchester had higher property taxes on single-family homes than any other county in the country, although other New York and New Jersey counties landed on the list, too—all 10 counties with the highest property taxes in America were in either New York or New Jersey. These are the top 10:

County

Median taxes

Westchester, NY

$13,842

Rockland, NY

$10,550

Bergen, NJ

$9,546

Essex, NJ

$9,288

Nassau, NY

$9,091

Passaic, NJ

$8,978

Union, NJ

$8,926

Morris, NJ

$8,549

Hudson, NJ

$8,407

Hunterdon, NJ

$8,392

For comparison, four of the least expensive counties are in Alabama, and the others were distributed among other states with no repeats.

County

Median taxes

Tunica, MS

$216

Bibb, AL

$228

Walker, AL

$244

Blount, AL

$344

Amelia, VA

$358

Butler, PA

$397

Lincoln, OK

$402

Fayette, TN

$410

Meriwether, GA

$457

Saint Clair, AL

$470

Even though Westchester can be a costly place, the price tag means the county is also a fantastic place to live for many different types of families and individuals. So, if you’re feeling fleeced, take a look at our guide to Westchester's best places to live to remind yourself why the county is worth the cost.

 

 

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