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March 3, 2017

This may sound like heaven on earth to most New Jerseyans, but the average American household spends $2,149 on property taxes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That figure is a bit higher in the Garden State, where the average tax bite on a median-priced $315,900 house is a hefty $7,410 — according to a new survey from WalletHub, the personal finances website. WalletHub analyzed data from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their results give New Jersey the dubious, though unsurprising, distinction of having the highest property taxes in the nation — 2.35 percent.

WalletHub also calculated property taxes countrywide on a house priced at $179,000 — the median home value in the United States in 2015, the most recent data available. That year, New Jerseyans would have written a tax check for $4,189. In Hawaii, which has a near nonexistent tax rate of 0.27 percent, that check would have been $487. Just to twist the knife a bit more, the median house price in the Aloha State is $515,3000. The tax: $1,406.

Connecticut finished 48th in the property tax poll (1.97 percent); New York, 41st (1.62 percent); and Pennsylvania, 39th (1.53 percent).

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