It’s Not Easy to Live in New Jersey

tax wise.

Sure, we enjoy full service at the pump while paying probably the lowest gas price in the nation, but other than that, there isn’t much for us to cheer about.

New Jersey is notorious for its high property taxes (see how many NJ counties are paying the highest property taxes) because, among many other reasons, every town in the Garden State has its own school district, even though NJ is also one of the stats with the highest median family income in the nation. The property taxes, together with the 7% state sales tax, which is also one of the highest, are enough to make New Jersey the stat with the heaviest tax burden.

Recently, the Tax Foundation conducted a study on taxes residents of the 50 states pay at the state and local level and found that New Jerseyans pay the most, at 11.8% of their total income.  Round up the rest of the top 10 stats are:

  • New York: 11.7%
  • Connecticut: 11.1%
  • Maryland: 10.8%
  • Hawaii: 10.6%
  • California: 10.5%
  • Ohio: 10.4%
  • Vermont: 10.3%
  • Wisconsin: 10.2%
  • Rhode Island: 10.2%

At the other end of the spectrum, the 10 states with the lowest state and local tax rates are:

  • Alaska: 6.6%
  • Nevada: 6.6%
  • Wyoming: 7.0%
  • Florida: 7.4%
  • New Hampshire: 7.6%
  • South Dakota: 7.9%
  • Tennessee: 8.3%
  • Texas: 8.4%
  • Louisiana: 8.4%
  • Arizona: 8.5%

No wonder New Jersey quickly lost its population.

This article was originally written or modified on . If you enjoyed reading this post, please consider subscribing to my full RSS feed. Or you can also choose to have free daily updates delivered right to your inbox.


Author Info

This post was written by Sun You can find out more about Sun and his activities on Facebook , or follow him on Twitter .

5 Responses to “It’s Not Easy to Live in New Jersey”

  1. Shadox |  Aug 16, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Well – California is up there as well, and yet, our lovely state seems to be in a perpetual state of deep budget deficit… it is truly incredible to me.

    It’s always good to know that for our high state tax burden we at least also get hit with AMT more frequently. Government logic for you.