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4. Comparison to Other States

4.13 Tax Burden

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer in Washington, D.C., compares the tax burden for one major city in each state. In 2000, with no income or sales tax, Anchorage, Alaska, ranked second to last (i.e., lowest) in terms of tax burden for a family of four making $50,000 annually.

Estimated Burden of Major State and Local
Taxes for a Family of Four, 2000
$50,000

     
TAXES
TAX BURDEN
RANK
CITY
ST INCOME PROPERTY SALES AUTO AMOUNT % OF INCOME
1 Bridgeport CT $316 $8,352 $695 $691 $10,054
20.10%
2 Philadelphia PA 3,648 2,205 654 206 6,713
13.40%
3 Newark NJ 619 4,844 691 142 6,295
12.60%
4 Providence RI 1,097 3,596 681 547 5,921
11.80%
5 Portland ME 1,443 3,450 512 218 5,623
11.20%
6 Baltimore MD 2,423 1,997 744 188 5,352
10.70%
7 New York City NY 2,712 1,507 949 75 5,244
10.50%
8 Louisville KY 3,184 1,048 606 315 5,153
10.30%
9 Milwaukee WI 1,840 2,199 639 217 4,896
9.80%
10 Detroit MI 2,902 847 627 211 4,587
9.20%
11 Boston MA 2,028 1,914 408 219 4,569
9.10%
12 Des Moines IA 1,904 1,642 655 251 4,452
8.90%
13 Manchester NH 0 4,210 0 181 4,391
8.80%
14 Kansas City MO 1,783 1,227 899 434 4,344
8.70%
15 Honolulu HI 2,320 1,084 657 279 4,340
8.70%
16 Washington DC 2,427 915 775 218 4,335
8.70%
17 Columbus OH 2,201 1,284 642 185 4,312
8.60%
18 Salt Lake City UT 2,122 818 1,046 294 4,281
8.60%
19 Minneapolis MN 1,774 1,427 750 265 4,216
8.40%
20 Los Angeles CA 432 2,562 817 364 4,175
8.30%
21 Charlotte NC 1,990 1,071 762 302 4,125
8.20%
22 Birmingham AL 2,298 578 970 247 4,093
8.20%
23 Chicago IL 1,172 1,766 844 235 4,016
8.00%
24 Virginia Beach VA 1,789 1,235 613 351 3,988
8.00%
25 Portland OR 2,482 1,314 0 191 3,988
8.00%
26 Columbia SC 1,755 1,070 593 537 3,954
7.90%
27 Oklahoma City OK 1,881 856 1,013 191 3,941
7.90%
28 Little Rock AR 1,648 1,114 871 295 3,928
7.90%
29 Burlington VT 1,079 2,112 557 167 3,915
7.80%
30 Atlanta GA 1,585 1,094 890 278 3,847
7.70%
31 Charleston WV 1,697 876 817 361 3,750
7.50%
32 Indianapolis IN 1,711 1,276 579 110 3,676
7.40%
33 Jackson MS 1,088 1,177 796 600 3,661
7.30%
34 Albuquerque NM 1,167 1,344 950 153 3,613
7.20%
35 Boise ID 1,909 820 632 233 3,593
7.20%
36 Omaha NE 1,277 1,388 795 84 3,544
7.10%
37 Wilmington DE 1,856 1,445 0 170 3,471
6.90%
38 Fargo ND 644 1,897 695 206 3,442
6.90%
39 Billings MT 1,715 1,254 0 300 3,269
6.50%
40 Wichita KS 1,327 744 750 371 3,192
6.40%
41 New Orleans LA 1,225 740 1,008 163 3,136
6.30%
42 Seattle WA 0 1,885 1,069 178 3,133
6.30%
43 Denver CO 850 790 758 235 2,632
5.30%
44 Phoenix AZ 901 535 972 186 2,594
5.20%
45 Houston TX 0 1,388 1,006 190 2,584
5.20%
46 Memphis TN 0 1,240 1,124 152 2,516
5.00%
47 Sioux Falls SD 0 1,335 941 147 2,424
4.80%
48 Jacksonville FL 0 1,379 697 206 2,282
4.60%
49 Las Vegas NV 0 1,156 697 347 2,200
4.40%
50 Anchorage AK 0 1,541 0 124 1,665
3.30%
51 Cheyenne WY 0 702 697 164 1,563
3.10%
  AVERAGE 1/  
$1,641
$1,652
$773
$254
$4,019
8.00%
  MEDIAN  
$1,648
$1,284
$697
$218
$3,954
7.90%

1/ Based on cities actually levying tax.

Source: Tax Rates and Tax Burdens in the District of Columbia—A Nationwide Comparison, 2000, Issued August 2001. Source: http://cfo.dc.gov/services/studies/index.shtm

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