This State Has the Highest Taxes in America, According to Data

The average household in this state pays the most in taxes every year.

Let's be honest, nobody looks forward to doing their taxes. But as Americans, it is a responsibility that, in theory, all of us share. And for the average American household that means paying more than $8,800 a year in federal income tax, according to a recent report from personal finance website WalletHub. But not all tax burdens are created equal, and that is especially true when it comes to taxes at the local level, which can vary significantly from one state to another. With tax season looming over our heads, we consulted the WalletHub report to see which state pays the highest taxes in America.

Read on to discover how much the median U.S. household* in each state pays in state local taxes every year—ranked here from the lowest amount to the highest. And for how the pandemic may affect your finance filings, check out If You're Waiting on a Stimulus Check, Read This Before Filing Your Taxes.

*According to WalletHub: A "median U.S. household" is assumed to have an annual income of $63,218 (mean third quintile U.S. income); owns a home valued at $217,500 (median U.S. home value); owns a car valued at $24,970 (the highest-selling car of 2020); and spends annually an amount equal to the spending of a household earning the median U.S. income.

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Alaska

Sunset from the coast in Ketchikan, Alaska. Landscape coastal view along the ocean with buildings along the bay and mountain in background as the evening sun colors the cloudy/ overcast autumn sky.
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $3,694

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Delaware

The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $3,949

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Montana

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $4,494

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Nevada

Air Force Base in North Las Vegas, Nevas
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,017

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Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,086

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Florida

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,204

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Utah

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,274

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Idaho

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,329

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Colorado

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,396

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Tennessee

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,513

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California

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,662

And for the place where things are the least pricey in general, This Is the Cheapest State in America.

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South Carolina

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,683

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Oregon

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,686

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Alabama

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $5,754

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Arizona

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,021

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West Virginia

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,124

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North Dakota

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,343

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New Hampshire

Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,358

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New Mexico

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,663

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Georgia

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,683

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North Carolina

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,710

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Louisiana

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,723

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Hawaii

The suburban residential districts of Honolulu, Hawaii along the coastline just outside of downtown from about 1000 feet over the Pacific Ocean.
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,736

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Virginia

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,783

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Massachusetts

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $6,890

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South Dakota

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,055

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Missouri

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,111

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Minnesota

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,128

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Arkansas

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,134

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Oklahoma

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,235

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Maryland

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,261

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Vermont

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,347

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Indiana

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,430

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Maine

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,465

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Mississippi

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,569

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Washington

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,601

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Michigan

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,728

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Kentucky

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $7,887

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Texas

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,083

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Rhode Island

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,103

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New Jersey

Morristown, New Jersey
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,117

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Ohio

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,329

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Iowa

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,334

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Wisconsin

Scenic Small Town Nestled in Autumn Valley, Beautiful Rural Wisconsin Fall colors.
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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,357

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Nebraska

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,386

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Kansas

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,488

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Pennsylvania

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,830

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New York

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $8,900

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Connecticut

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $9,379

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Illinois

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Annual taxes on median U.S. household: $9,488

And if you live in a high-tax state you might be envious of those that don't, so make sure to check out This Is the Most Jealous State in America.

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