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Economy Statistics > Total tax burden (per capita) (most recent) by state

DEFINITION: Per capita tax burden in US dollars, does not include local and federal tax. The data in this statistic is a survey of state government tax collection.
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Rank   States  Amount 
# 1     Hawaii: $3,050.03 
# 2     Wyoming: $2,973.87 
# 3     Connecticut: $2,941.21 
# 4     Minnesota: $2,890.90 
# 5     Delaware: $2,862.03 
# 6     Vermont: $2,844.96 
# 7     Massachusetts: $2,628.26 
# 8     New Jersey: $2,415.82 
# 9     California: $2,391.65 
# 10     Michigan: $2,381.34 
# 11     New York: $2,376.77 
# 12     Wisconsin: $2,296.20 
# 13     Washington: $2,238.66 
# 14     Rhode Island: $2,230.43 
# 15     Maryland: $2,214.49 
# 16     Maine: $2,202.86 
# 17     New Mexico: $2,102.88 
# 18     Nebraska: $2,082.27 
# 19     West Virginia: $2,067.85 
# 20     Pennsylvania: $2,045.09 
# 21     Kentucky: $2,043.31 
# 22     Alaska: $2,034.51 
# 23     Nevada: $2,031.24 
# 24     Arkansas: $2,029.34 
# 25     Illinois: $2,005.24 
# 26     North Carolina: $1,971.48 
# 27     Ohio: $1,962.93 
# 28     Kansas: $1,932.58 
# 29     North Dakota: $1,932.22 
# 30     Indiana: $1,920.26 
# 31     Virginia: $1,902.56 
# 32     Idaho: $1,898.06 
# 33     Oklahoma: $1,823.70 
# 34     Louisiana: $1,781.78 
# 35     Mississippi: $1,766.54 
# 36     Florida: $1,756.36 
# 37     Montana: $1,753.71 
# 38     Iowa: $1,741.66 
# 39     Utah: $1,733.15 
# 40     Oregon: $1,699.55 
# 41     Arizona: $1,673.57 
# 42     Georgia: $1,633.84 
# 43     South Carolina: $1,620.67 
# 44     Tennessee: $1,617.03 
# 45     Missouri: $1,583.28 
# 46     Alabama: $1,550.99 
# 47     New Hampshire: $1,543.79 
# 48     Colorado: $1,532.26 
# 49     South Dakota: $1,378.37 
# 50     Texas: $1,368.45 
Weighted average: $2,049.20  
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SOURCE: US Census Bureau, 2004

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BUD
31st January 2013
DEFINITION: Per capita tax burden in US dollars, does not include local and federal tax. The data in this statistic is a survey of state government tax collection.

SOURCE: US Census Bureau, 2004
Clark
24th August 2011
It would be halpful to see the basis of the calulation, the rankings mean nothing if you don't know what went into the calulations. It would make the site much more useful if there was a way to drill down into the calulation to see what was actualy being measured.
kit
9th February 2011
These statistics make sense only when you calculate the tax rate as a percentage of a state's average personal income. It's not the raw figure that matters, but how much of a bite out of your income the tax consumes. States with low personal income typically also have lower taxes, but those lower taxes are -- in some cases -- a higher burden on the people than in high personal income states.
In TX
4th January 2011
There's a pretty good correlation between least taxed and most unemployed. That makes sense to me. If you don't have income, you aren't paying income tax.
what a joke
22nd December 2010
People in NY pay way more in taxes than people in most southern states. comparing apples and oranges
John in WY
14th December 2010
The same misleading statistic that was pointed out for Alaska exists in Wyoming. In Wyoming there is no state income tax, the property taxes are among the lowest in the nation, and the sales tax is relatively low. The tax revenues are derived from coal, oil, gas, minerals, and not extorted from the citizenry like in #3 - Connecticut which should technically be #1.
Jake
5th November 2010
This list seems out of line somehow.

Wages are high in Hawaii as are property prices. So having it lead the list is not so strange. But Texas below Alaska certainly is.
Drew
4th November 2010
Any newer statistics avaialable? This information is based 0on 2004 figures.
Ed in Alaska
27th June 2010
The number for Alaska is completely misleading. In Alaska there is no state income tax, no state sales tax, and they suspended the state gasoline tax (which was the lowest in the country when they suspended it).

The overwhelming majority of tax revenue the state takes in is imposed on oil pumped from the North Slope.

They also fail to take into account the state's Permanent Fund Dividend, which should be offset against the per capita tax revenue if you want to know the net per capita tax. The Permanent Fund Dividend has been between $1,500 and $1,900 the past several years.

Alaskans are far and away the least taxed in the country.
Jamie
18th May 2010
There's quite a distribution here with Texans less than half the tax burden of Hawaiians. To what degree is this counterbalanced by local taxes though? Do states assume responsibility for services in high tax states?
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