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New Census Data on Property Taxes on Homeowners
Tax Foundation

October, 2009

The Census Bureau has released new housing numbers courtesy of the 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), which includes real estate taxes paid on owner-occupied housing units. Data is included for many geographical units, including states and high-population counties.1, 2

The Tax Foundation has long published historical data on property tax collections compiled by the Census Bureau's Government Finances division. However, such data includes not only taxes paid by individual homeowners, but also property taxes paid by businesses, as well as some special types of property pertaining to minerals or fuels found mostly in a handful of states, such as Texas, Wyoming and Alaska. When people want to know where property taxes are the highest, though, they typically wonder about property taxes levied specifically on homeowners. This is where the ACS data is useful.

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