South Dakota ranks 9th in ‘Most Tax-Friendly States’
(NEXSTAR) – It’s tax filing season and depending on where you live in the United States, you could be shelling out a very different share of your income.
A MoneyGeek analysis ranked each state based on its “taxation.” Analysts didn’t just look at income tax — they also considered property taxes, as well as state and local sales taxes.
To determine where people pay the highest tax burden, MoneyGeek looked at a hypothetical average family: a married couple with one child, earning the national median income of $82,852, owning a $349,400 home. The study breaks down how much this fictional family would pay in taxes in each state.
The states with the lowest tax burden, according to the analysis, were:
- Wyoming (estimated taxes: 4% of income or $3,279)
- Nevada (estimated taxes: 4.7% of income or $3,879)
- Alaska (estimated taxes: 5.4% of income or $4,507)
- Florida (estimated taxes: 5.6% of income or $4,632)
- Tennessee (estimated taxes: 6.5% of income or $5,377)
- Washington (estimated taxes: 6.5% of income or $5,414)
- North Dakota (estimated taxes: 6.7% of income or $5,556)
- Arizona (estimated taxes: 6.8% of income or $5,665)
- South Dakota (estimated taxes: 7.2% of income or $5,938)
- Delaware (estimated taxes: 7.3% of income or $6,074)
The states with the highest tax burden were:
- Illinois (estimated taxes: 16.8% of income or $13,894)
- Connecticut (estimated taxes: 15.1% of income or $12,545)
- New Jersey (estimated taxes: 14.3% of income or $11,872)
- New Hampshire (estimated taxes: 14.1% of income or $11,694)
- New York (estimated taxes: 13.9% of income or $11,495)
- Iowa (estimated taxes: 13.8% of income or $11,398)
- Wisconsin (estimated taxes: 13.2% of income or $10,976)
- Vermont (estimated taxes: 12.6% of income or $10,453)
- Nebraska (estimated taxes: 12.6% of income or $10,446)
- Michigan (estimated taxes: 12.4% of income or $10,239)
Based on its analysis, MoneyGeek also gave each state a letter grade on its “tax friendliness.” States with A grades have the lowest tax burden for an “average” family, while states with D or E grades have the highest tax burden.
MoneyGeek’s estimates are only true for this hypothetical family earning around $82,000 a year with a $349,000 home. A family that just bought a million-dollar house in California would probably pay a lot more taxes, while a single person earning $40,000 in Texas would pay less.
See the full state-by-state breakdown and tax burden in your state here.