Seven N.J. counties among nation’s top 10 for highest median property tax burden

Seven New Jersey counties are in the top 10 of all counties nationwide for carrying the highest median property tax burdens, and six of them rank in the top 10 for having the highest percentage of household income going toward property taxes, according to new data released by the Tax Foundation, a conservative-leaning think tank.

Hunterdon County had the largest median property tax burden, at $8,216. Also high up in the top 10 are Bergen County ($7,925), Essex County ($7,489), Somerset County ($7,421), Morris County ($7,298), Union County ($7,075) and Passaic County ($7,055).

In relation to household income, Passaic County ranked the highest with 8.44 percent of the median household income going toward property taxes, according to the report. Also ranking high were Essex County (8.04 percent), Bergen County (7.82 percent), Union County (7.81 percent), Hunterdon County (7.30 percent), and Hudson County (7.28 percent).

The rankings are based on data provided by the U.S. Census’s American Community Survey. The analysis looked at 2,922 counties and compared information on median property taxes paid on homes, median property taxes as a percentage of median home values, and by median property taxes as a percentage of median household income. Seven N.J. counties among nation’s top 10 for highest median property tax burden